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ABE faculty Cibin Raj, Herschel Elliott, and Heather Gall awarded funding by the PA Department of Agriculture

Posted: December 2, 2016

Animal agriculture poses significant challenges in ensuring water quality goals for the Chesapeake Bay are met. The overarching goal of this PA Department of Agriculture funded project is to conduct a comprehensive environmental and economic analysis that will enable opportunities for the development of animal agriculture in western Pennsylvania to be identified.

The project framework includes both geospatial analysis with readily available data and stakeholder engagement based analysis through surveys and focus groups. Our analysis will focus on 3 counties in western Pennsylvania which are part of the Ohio River Basin: Armstrong, Indiana, and Westmoreland County. A decision-making approach that considers environmental, economic, and logistical/infrastructural constraints and opportunities has the potential to serve as a model for proactive approach for development of animal agriculture that could be transferable to other regions across the United States.

To read more about awarded grants visit PA Agriculture Department Announces Research Grants to Improve Knowledge, Practice on Industry Priority Issues