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Feedlot odors measured by average noses


Fri, Oct 4th, 2002
Posted in Features

At its regular September meeting, the Fillmore County Planning Commission heard a presentation from Kevin Janni of the University of Minnesota’s Biosystem and Agriculture Engineering program on research that has been conducted on feedlot odors and potential building setbacks.

The olfactory project in which Mr. Janni has been a leader, attempts to determine just what the average human nose can smell, under average conditions, at different distances from an odor source.

Using trained smellers, or human odor detectors, odor modeling, and a scientifically developed odor intensity scale, the research has yielded a setback estimation tool called OFFSET that planners and local governments can use to establish residence setback requirements from feedlots.

The planning commission special program was well attended by county commissioners, township officers, feedlot operators, and county citizens who live near feedlots. Two of the seven men who make up the county’s planning commission were absent.

The research work that Mr. Janni presented, funded in part by the university, the legislature, and the Minnesota Pork Producers Association, was conducted at confined animal feedlot operations in southeast and central Minnesota, and was confined to measuring odors from the feedlots themselves and not from the odors associated with the application of manures on agricultural lands.

The odor model includes a variable sliding scale of "nuisance free" setbacks, whereby officials select a percentage of nuisance-free time as the threshold that determines the actual setback requirement.

For example, a 99 percent nuisance-free threshold would require a greater setback distance, perhaps as much as four to six thousand feet, and should only allow neighbors to detect the odor on an average of seven hours each month. According to Mr. Janni, most feedlot odor complaints come from people at a distance closer than the 94 percent nuisance-free threshold.

A sliding scale displayed by Mr. Janni showed that as the percentage of nuisance-free tolerance is reduced, so, too, is the setback distance reduced. According to Mr. Janni, county officials, should they adopt Mr. Janni’s program, could decide which nuisance-free threshold they would use for particular areas.

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Tires to electricity

Fri, Oct 4th, 2002
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Heartland Energy & Recycling hopes to build a power generating plant in Preston that would use tire derived fuel to generate electricity that would be sold on the grid. The plant would also sell scrap steel and ash derived from a fluidized bed combus ..... 
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What is it going to do to the kids?

Fri, Oct 4th, 2002
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“What is it going to do to the kids?” Stuart Corson asked, referring to the possibility that a second industrial plant would be added to the Preston Industrial Park area.

Mr. Corson described a situation where kids at Fillmore ..... 
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What was that?

Fri, Oct 4th, 2002
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Speak Up!-- was the message from Commissioner Helen Bicknese to Chairman Duane Bakke at the Commissioners’ meeting on Tuesday.

Those present at last week’s meeting, heard only Commissioner Marc Prestby vote in opposition to the ..... 
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Great Barns of Fillmore County

Mon, Sep 30th, 2002
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Fillmore County is an agricultural area, no doubt about it. No lakes in this county. Some good fishing streams and a couple of rivers to canoe on, otherwise boating is out of the question. Not much night life to speak of either. Heck, there is only o ..... 
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“Don’t be short-sighted”

Mon, Sep 16th, 2002
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Quote of the week: "It doesn’t make sense to build a five-year-into-the-future project and pay for it for 20 years!" Commissioner Harry Root
The county commissioners wrangled with the courthouse project again last week, and while th ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report “Line Dancing” in Harmony

Mon, Sep 16th, 2002
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Property lines, sewer lines and the budget’s bottom line were the focus of the Harmony City Council meeting on Tuesday night.
With more than a dozen citizens in attendance, the council began the meeting with a public hearing for G ..... 
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Still no consensus on courthouse project Board will discuss again this week

Mon, Sep 9th, 2002
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The Fillmore County Commissioners spent another hour at last week’s board meeting discussing the scope of the courthouse remodeling and addition without reaching a consensus.
Chairman Duane Bakke put the discussion on the agenda s ..... 
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A 7,000 mile friendship: Spring Valley women share life’s experiences one step at a time

Thu, Aug 22nd, 2002
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Look up dedication in the dictionary. You won't find the names of Sue Kolling or Kathy Beevers listed, but you should. Through pouring rain, summer's sweltering humidity and Minnesota's sub-zero winter temperatures, the two have committed themselves ..... 
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