Odor Assessment Lab tries to tone down farm odor

Odor Assessment Lab tries to tone down farm odor

Once upon a time the boundary between farmland and housing developments was very distinct, and farmers did not necessarily concern themselves with the odors that came from field operations. But as more people move to rural areas from urban sites, farmers and non-farming residents have become next-door neighbors and nuisance odors have become a problem. Penn State's Odor Assessment Lab in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering focuses on the gaseous emissions that come from agricultural sources. According to co-director Robin Brandt, the lab's researchers aim to calculate odor levels and establish baseline conditions so they can find and share effective odor-reduction practices. Produced by C Roy Parker