New funding hopes to improve air quality around pig farms

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Air quality around pig farms is a hot topic in some communities, and new funding hopes to improve it.

Pork leaders say right now, existing air quality assessment methods are costly, complex, slow, and can introduce bias. The nearly $1 million awarded to Purdue University and South Dakota State will be used to find new technology to use in areas with large-scale operations.

The money comes from the recently launched Improving Swine Production Air Quality Program from the Foundation for Food and Ag Research and the National Pork Board.

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