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K-State Research and Extension
123 Umberger Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-3401

February 9, 2016

Pasture Burning Smoke Management and Air Quality Workshop Available in March

Submitted by Zifei Liu

This year’s burning season is coming soon. And we are planning a new workshop for pasture burning smoke management and air quality, provided by the air quality specialists in the department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. Last year, we had our first pasture burning smoke management workshop and we are really inspired by the constructive discussion and feedback we received from our audiences. This year’s workshop will continue to cover the basics, and will also be updated with new data and recent research findings on contribution of smoke to air quality.

If you have an interest in the smoke related air quality issues, or if you may be involved in smoke management for pasture burning, please consider attending the workshop. For those who were not able to attend the workshop last year due to time conflict, we will try our best to fit your schedule this year. For those who have attended the workshop last year, it doesn’t hurt to attend again since some updated information will be provided.

The objectives of the workshop are:
1. Introduce people to smoke related air quality issues, update regulation trends, and provide science-based information that help people understand and implement smoke management plans.
2. Establish connections and provide sources of additional information and tools on smoke management.
3. Seek feedback to improve the extension program.

Location of the workshop (tentative): Seaton Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan.

Time: The date for the workshop will be selected from March 1st to March 31st, 2016. A doodle poll has been created to determine the workshop date in order to allow maximum participation. Below is the Doodle Poll link for you to select your availability for the workshop. Your prompt response is appreciated!


Enrollment will begin after the date is finalized. For enrollment, please email zifeiliu@ksu.edu with your name and contact information. Enrollment is free.

The following is the proposed program for the workshop.

9:30 am – 10:00 am. Flint Hills pasture burning: A challenge for air quality.
10:00 am – 10:15 am. Break and survey
10:15 am – 10:45 am. Quantifying the contributions from pasture burning: Recent research findings.
10:45 am – 11:00 am. Break and survey
11:00 am – 11:30 am. Managing smoke: Our strategies and opportunities, the smoke modeling tool.
11:30 am – 12:00 pm. Survey and discussion. Where are we headed?
12:00 pm. End

Please feel free to forward the workshop information to any person who may be interested.