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DEVELOPING CONTEXT-DRIVEN DECISION-SUPPORT FRAMEWORK TO IMPROVE REGION-SCALE MANAGEMENT OF ANIMAL BYPRODUCTS

Investigators
Ryan Emanuel; Joshua Kearns; Mahmoud Sharara; Natalie Nelson
Institutions
North Carolina State University
Start date
2020
End date
2024
Objective

Developing a region-wide decision-support framework to guide manure management can significantly improve management outcomes and thereby achieve the goals of sustainability improvements. This is primarily due to relying on context-specific data to inform decision-making and overcome barriers that vexed conventional approaches. The proposed research project will develop and implement the proposed framework for North Carolina animal production regions through:1) developing nutrient use budgets to establish a manure use baseline.2) developing alternative utilization pathways to address region-specific impacts of current utilization.3) developing techno-economic assessment (TEA) and life cycle assessment (LCA) models to evaluate potential pathways.4) implementing multi-objective optimization to assess optimal pathways to maximize net environmental and economic utility.5) developing recommendations to guide adoption of alternative pathways and potential improvements to close the gap facing adoption.

Funding Source
Nat'l. Inst. of Food and Agriculture
Project source
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Project number
NC02800
Accession number
1022103