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Columbia Plateau PM10 Project Conference December 14-15

PULLMAN, Wash. – Research accomplishments to reduce wind erosion and improve air quality in the inland Pacific Northwest will be presented at the Northwest Columbia Plateau PM10 Project Conference Dec. 14-15 at the Red Lion, Pasco.

The project addresses problems associated with airborne particulates that are 10 microns in size or smaller that can lodge in lungs and lead to health problems.

Scientists from Washington State University and the USDA Agricultural Research Service, as well as Northwest farmers and agency personnel, will discuss air quality issues, experiences, emissions, policies, physics and wind erosion control methods for agriculture in the Columbia Plateau.

The program will include sessions on dryland and irrigated cropping systems research, impacts of long-term climate on agriculture, and prediction and modeling of dust and smoke emissions.

The conference will provide farmers, scientists and the general public with an excellent opportunity to learn about and discuss viable methods to reduce dust and smoke emissions from agricultural fields and other sources.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14. A two-day $75 registration fee covers the cost of the meeting, one lunch, a dinner banquet and coffee breaks. Wednesday-only attendance costs $65, and Thursday half-day attendance will cost $15. For more information or to register, contact Cindy Warriner at (509) 659-3215 or warriner@wsu.edu, or visit http://www.pnw-winderosion.wsu.edu/news.html.

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