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Wind Erosion-Air Quality Review Scheduled Dec. 13-14

PULLMAN, Wash. — The annual research review of the Columbia Plateau Wind Erosion-Air Quality Project is scheduled Dec. 13-14 at the Red Lion Hotel, Richland.

“The theme for this year’s conference is farming with the wind in drought years,” said Bill Schillinger, Washington State University research agronomist and project co-coordinator.

Scientists from Washington State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture as well as agricultural producers will review recent research and discuss current farm practices and future needs of local growers.

The program will include sessions on dryland and irrigated cropping systems research, impacts of long-term climatic variability on agriculture, emissions from burning of cereals, and an updated national wind erosion prediction model.

“This meeting will provide growers, scientists, and the general public with an excellent opportunity to learn about and discuss economically viable methods to reduce dust emissions from agricultural fields and other sources,” Schillinger said.

The project, started in 1993, is exploring ways to mitigate windblown dust, particularly small particles that can lodge in the lungs and lead to health problems.

Registration for the two-day meeting is $65 and includes one lunch, a dinner and morning and afternoon breaks. Thursday only is $40 and Friday only is $10.

Contact Cindy Warriner at (509) 659-3214 or for registration information

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