Answers to questions about water quality and livestock waste nutrient management just got easier with access to environment-related research online from the National Pork Board.

“Aimed at producers, researchers and others interested in pork production-related environmental research, this new database contains research papers and articles published from 1960,” comments Allan Stokes, director of environmental programs for the National Pork Board. The database will be updated as new research becomes available.

The database was developed by Iowa State University and funded by the pork checkoff. It can be accessed at

Information can be searched in several different ways including by:
-- Category (surface water quality, groundwater quality, water use and conservation, air emissions and odor, land quality or crop impact or a combination of these);
-- Key word(s) in the title, summary, abstract or objectives;
-- Author(s), research institution(s) or funding source(s); and
-- Year of publication.

Simple and advanced search options allow you to broaden or narrow a search according to specific needs.

The full project title, research institution, funding source, project cost, suggested citation, contact information for the principal investigator, summary of the paper and authors’ abstracts are presented for articles selected for review.

“This interactive tool is easy to use,” says Stokes, who explains that researchers can use the database to review the scientific literature that is already available. “Producers can use the database to find more information on topics of interest.”