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Wind Erosion Research Review Dec. 8-9

PULLMAN, Wash. — Research accomplishments during the past six years to reduce wind erosion and improve air quality in the inland Pacific Northwest will be presented at the Northwest Columbia Plateau PM-10 Project conference Dec. 8-9 at the Double Tree, City Center, Spokane, Washington.

The Columbia Plateau PM-10 Project addresses problems of windblown dust in the Inland Pacific Northwest, particularly particles 10 microns in size and 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 personnel from federal, state and local government agencies will discuss air quality issues, experiences, emissions, policies, physics and wind erosion control methods for agriculture on 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 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., Dec. 8. 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 509-659-3214 or warriner@wsu.edu, or visit the Web site at http://www.pnw-winderosion.wsu.edu/.

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