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Public Attitudes and Perceptions of Air Quality and Bluegrass Seed Residue Burning in Northern Idaho

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RES 166
Pub. Date: 2006
Last Reviewed: 2016

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The Pacific Northwest produces about three-quarters of all agricultural production of grass seed in the United States. But its processing has generated controversy. Some Idahoans question the practice of bluegrass field burning, which removes postharvest residue, because of health concerns about the smoky air it generates. This 2006 white paper reports on some of the related issues on this topic, including a microsurvey of the general public’s perceptions about overall air quality in northern Idaho, possible trade-offs to bluegrass field burning, and policies that impact the state’s citizens and grass seed farmers.

Authors: J.D. Wulfhorst, Stephanie L. Kane, Larry W. Van Tassell, Beth Johnson, Romuald Afatchao, Katelyn Peterson, and Bernardo Alvarez

53 pages


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