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Environmental Impacts of Equine Operations
Department of Agricultural Economics
This project focuses on environmental concerns for horse owners. We propose research to determine the potential environmental impacts of equine operations on soil, water and air quality. This data will be incorporated into a model that will identify losses in the system in order to devise educational and management strategies for horse producers to improve soil, air, and water quality.
2011 Project Description
Preliminary research continues to build our knowledge of equine operations, their environmental impacts, and the economic considerations involved in equine facility management. These preliminary reports inform our modeling of the economic questions that are involved.
Results continue to inform the way equine facilities are designed and whether some "best management practices" are practical from the horse owner/operation owners standpoint from an economic perspective. Determining that some BMPs are not economically feasible or practical changes the types of solutions researchers will consider.