Submitted to: Journal of Soil and Water Conservation
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/15/1997
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: Environmental impacts of livestock production are becoming an increasing concern because of the development of concentrated animal feeding operations. Throughout the Midwest, the increase in pork production has prompted public concern about the potential impact on the natural resources and in particular, water, air, and soil resources. In an attempt to develop a program that links animal production with the natural resources, we have begun to overlay various production features. This approach allows us to develop a more quantitative understanding of the relationships among variables. Too often, assumptions have been made about the impact of animal production or manure utilization that are not correct in terms of the natural resource base or the presence of animals within a given location. Development of spatial tools helps to define these relationships in a quantitative approach. These tools can assist crop and livestock producers to manage their current and future systems in such a way that enhances the natural resources of the United States.