Report details emissions from feeding operations

The Air Quality Unit within the Environmental Stewardship Division of Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development is committed to working proactively with the livestock industry, government and non-government partners to address air quality concerns associated with livestock production in Alberta.

“Over the past five years, the Air Quality Unit has been involved in the development and the implementation of a series of recommendations outlined in the Clean Air Strategic Alliance (CASA) Confined Feeding Operations (CFO) Strategic Plan,” says Atta Atia, PhD, P Ag, livestock air quality specialist with the Agriculture Stewardship Division, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. “This series of recommendations is entitled ‘Managing Air Emissions from Confined Feeding Operation in Alberta.’”

In March 2012, the unit completed the development of a new emissions inventory for CFOs, namely Ammonia and Particulate Matter Emissions Inventory for Confined Feeding Operations in Alberta (APMEICA). The information in this inventory was based on 2006 Statistics Canada census data and 2006 semi-annual and quarterly agricultural survey data for cattle, sheep and swine obtained from Alberta Agriculture. In March 2013, APMEICA 2006 was updated using Statistics Canada 2011 census data and 2011 semi-annual agricultural survey data for cattle, sheep and swine obtained from Alberta Agriculture.

“In September 2013, the Air Quality Unit completed the second edition to the APMEICA 2006 report,” says Atia. “The second edition highlights the differences between the 2006 and 2011 emission inventories. A drastic drop in emissions of ammonia (NH3) and particulate matter (PM) from swine in Alberta occurred in 2011 due to the sharp decline in the number of pigs. The number of pigs fell by approximately 33 per cent between the two periods. More information on the analysis and comparison between the 2006 and 2011 emission inventories is contained in the second edition of the report.”

This report can be viewed on the Alberta Agriculture website.

For further information or if you have questions or feedback on the second edition of the report, contact Atta Atia at 780-427-4215 or Ike Edeogu, technology development engineer with Alberta Agriculture’s nutrient management section, at 780-415-2359.

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