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Environmental Impacts of Animal Feeding Operations Study Questions

Identify the definition that best fits the following terms:

  1. What are some of the positive environmental benefits of production agriculture?

    Improved soil quality
    Carbon repository
    Reduced storm runoff
    Ground water recharge
    All of the above

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  2. USDA estimates that manure phosphorous exceeds crop needs in what percent of U.S. counties?
    0%
    15%
    30%
    45%
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  3. What is the common name for the class of production agricultural plants that do not need commercial nitrogen fertilizer?
    N Converters
    Maize
    Legumes
    Algae
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  4. If biodegradable organic matter is added to a stream, fish kills most often result from:
    Lack of oxygen
    Turbulence
    Lack of visibility
    Build up of sludge deposits
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  5. Most manure spills that enter streams result from:
    Pastured animals with stream access
    Rupture of manure storage
    Improper land application of manure
    Damage to manure transfer or irrigation pipes
    Feedlot runoff from animal area
    All of the above
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  6. Nitrogen gas (N2) account for ___________ % of the atmosphere?
    0%
    24%
    62%
    78%
    92%
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  7. Nitrogen in manure can take many chemical forms. Which of the following is NOT included?
    Nitrogen gas
    Organic nitrogen
    Catatonic nitrogen
    Ammonia
    Ammonium
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  8. Which nutrient in runoff from agricultural land has been blamed for the hypoxia problem in the Gulf of Mexico?
    Phosphorous
    Chlorine
    Sulfur
    Nitrogen
    Soil erosion
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  9. Which of the forms of nitrogen are volatile?
    NH3
    NO3
    NO2
    NH4
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  10. High nitrate levels in drinking water can lead to the following serious condition in infants:

    "Green baby syndrome"
    Headaches
    Methemoglobinemia
    Colic
    Alzheimer's

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  11. The most important method of reducing phosphorous entering streams is:
    Placing riprap along edge of stream
    Preventing soil erosion
    Improving field drainage
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  12. Which of the following is NOT a significant source of air emissions around a livestock or animal production operation?
    Feed processing
    Land application of manure
    Animal production lots and buildings
    Manure Storage
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