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Sampling Agricultural Odors

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PNW 595
Pub. Date: 2008
Last Reviewed: 2019

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Agricultural odors can be quite problematic for livestock producers, particularly when the neighbors begin to complain. Monitoring these unpleasant smells can help producers to gauge their severity and track the success of mitigation efforts. Unfortunately, it is very difficult, expensive, and time consuming to determine an odor’s exact composition. This 2008 PNW helps you to navigate its evaluation by discussing odor measurement (tests and equipment used, including those reliant on the human nose), sampling recommendations, and the efficacy of facility monitoring. Two handy appendices provide an odor data sheet template and a list of monitoring-equipment suppliers.

Authors: Ron E. Sheffield and Pius Ndegwa

8 pages

University of Idaho Extension


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E. J. Iddings Agricultural Science Laboratory, Room 10
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