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Seminar on environmental challenges and opportunities in livestock production — Jan. 7

Frank Mitloehner, an associate professor of animal science and associate air quality cooperative extension specialist at University of California-Davis, will present an informational seminar entitled Environmental Challenges and Opportunities in Livestock Production in Times of Global Change at noon on January 7 in Room 101 Agricultural Engineering.

Mitloehner is a candidate for a new position at the National Farm Medicine Center at Marshfield, Wisconsin (part of the
Marshfield Clinic and Medical Complex).  The position in Marshfield is focused on the occupational safety and health needs of dairy industry workers.  In January, he will be spending a day in Madison with us to explore possible future relationships with UW-Madison and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

Bio. Frank Mitloehner, PhD, is associate professor of animal science and associate air quality cooperative extension specialist at UC Davis. He serves as director for the UCD Agricultural Air Quality Center. His current research activities are in the area of air emission estimates from livestock and other agricultural sources and emission mitigation focusing on greenhouse gases, volatile organic compounds, ammonia, and particulate matter. He has expanded his research emphasis in recent years to include the characterization of livestock production’s contributions to climate change and the effects of agricultural pollutants on human and animal health. He currently serves as Principal Investigator for California on the National Air Emissions Monitoring Study, which will provide benchmark data to set national regulatory policy related to livestock production emissions; he is also Principal Investigator for a five-year study examining the impact of dairy air emissions on health of agricultural workers in California’s Central Valley.  Dr. Mitloehner’s credibility in this field led to his being appointed to the White House Committee on the effects of climate change on agriculture. Dr. Mitloehner’s extension efforts are largely related to teaching various stakeholders (from regulatory staff to farmers) air-quality-related information and assisting them in understanding and meeting air quality compliance regulations. Dr. Mitloehner earned his doctoral degree in animal science from Texas Tech University and his MS degree in agricultural engineering and animal science from the University of Leipzig, Germany.