Concerns about Deaths Lead to Manure Storage Risk Publication

Concerns about deaths occurring near manure storage and handling systems led University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Wisconsin-Extension Cooperative Extension scientists to develop a publication about “Reducing Risks from Manure Storage Agitation Gases.”

The authors led by UW Biological Systems Engineering Assistant Professor Rebecca Larson and including Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene Director and UW Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Jamie Schauer, note:

Predicting gas emissions for a given set of manure and onsite environmental conditions is difficult. Therefore, monitoring is recommended to alert workers or others of toxic conditions near manure storage facilities. This publication details common gases released during manure agitation along with safety practices to disperse gases and reduce the possibility of toxic exposure.

The publication can be found on the UW-Extension Learning Store website at