Steve Hoff, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State University (ISU), has been honored for his research in mitigating livestock odors.

Hoff was presented the Dean Lee R. Kolmer Award for Excellence in Applied Research, established with a gift from Lee and Jean Kolmer. The award recognizes faculty and staff in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences who have made significant contributions to improving the welfare of the people of Iowa through applied research.

The award is named for former ISU dean of agriculture Lee Kolmer, who died in 2010. Kolmer served as dean for 14 years starting in 1972.

Hoff’s research focused on solving problems through research during the past 20 years at ISU. His work with odor mitigation strategies seeks to keep applications affordable and easily implemented and managed.

One of his more visible projects is the Community Assessment Model for Odor Dispersion or CAM, which helps producers to site swine facilities in communities which minimize the odor impact on neighbors.

Learn more about Hoff’s work with CAM and other manure odor initiatives in the Sept. 15, 2011 issue of National Hog Farmer (See: “ New Odor Control Technology for Hog Operations”).