#15-141

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Date Full Report Received

05/30/2017

Date Abstract Report Received

05/30/2017

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This project created a user-friendly online decision support tool for livestock producers (and their advisors) to design and plan for the use of Vegetative Environmental Buffers (VEB) for odor mitigation and improved site aesthetics. The tool, VEB-econ, allows users to locate facilities or future building sites within an online, high-resolution photo-mapping GIS (Google Earth). Users then utilize dimensional drawing tools to delineate property boundaries, roads, animal buildings and other structures, so as to parameterized idealized tree-row locations. Users specify number of desired tree rows, preferred tree-row protection zones, etc. Layered into the mapping tool is the NRCS SSURGO soil database linking tree species selection to soil-based tree suitability recommendations. VEB-econ estimates total annualized costs for tree establishment, long-term management, any opportunity costs and factors in the potential benefit of utilizing available NRCS EQIP cost-share programming for VEBs. Global Positioning System field location data points for all trees/ tree rows are downloadable for precision planting. VEB-econ can be found at: https://veb.nrem.iastate.edu/