Richard Gates

Richard S. Gates is Director of the Egg Industry Center, and a Professor at Iowa State University with appointments in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and Animal Sciences. As Director, he manages a portfolio of highly competitive applied research projects with collaborators in the US and Canada, and works to promote a science-based information delivery to egg industry stakeholders and consumers. Previously, he held academic appointments at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Kentucky. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Minnesota and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Cornell University. His research and extension work involve agricultural air quality baseline measurement and assessment of mitigation techniques, and bioinstrumentation for measuring animal welfare. His past extension activities include leadership for the Illinois Certified Livestock Managers Training program, environment control and design of greenhouse, livestock and poultry facilities, and manure management and agricultural air quality issues. He was lead investigator on national projects to quantify ammonia emissions from US broiler and layer operations, a co-PI on the first completed US Air Consent Agreement work for measuring gaseous and particulate emissions from US broiler housing. He is author or co-author of 173 refereed journal articles and more than 330 other publications and presentations. He has taught instrumentation, environment control, structures and environment design, data acquisition and control, probability and statistics, and nonlinear optimization. He is co-founder of the Kentucky Rural Energy Consortium, and has served on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ASABE), as chair of the Research Subcommittee of the United Egg Producer’s Environmental Scientific panel, is a Fellow of ASABE and recipient of the ASABE Henry L. Giese Structures and Environment Award. He is a registered professional engineer and holds one patent.

How Did We Get Here?  Industry Historical Trends on Cage-Free and the Pledges that are Changing the Industry Landscape
Wednesday, February 17
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