Archives for April 2012

New Fashion Pork Commended by Neighbors

New Fashion Pork is a progressive pork production leader that operates on strong relationships, stewardship of the land, and the highest standards in animal care. With a quarter century of experience in the swine industry, the NFP family has the vision to continually improve and enhance their value chain across their operations in Minnesota, Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, South Dakota, and Wyoming. Now, New Fashion Pork demonstrates how they act on their values, as they take the lead in environmental quality by installing EPI Air in their newest facility northwest of Armstrong, Iowa.

EPI Air Dust Reduction System

Earlier this year, John and Matt Baumgartner of Baumgartner Environics were invited to give a presentation to the Emmet County Board of Supervisors in Iowa on behalf of New Fashion Pork. The Baumgartner’s demonstrated a unique dust emission control device that reduces airborne dust in animal confinements, called EPI (Electrostatic Particle Ionization). This technology, called EPI Air, creates cleaner air by putting negative ions into the animal production air space, trapping dust and impurities, by collecting it on surfaces in the barn.  EPI Air reduces pathogens, gases and odors, improving the air quality for the animals inside and for the neighbors outside the barns.

Win-Win for Pork Producers and Neighbors

EPI Air is a win-win for the both the pork producers and their neighbors, because EPI reduces dust, gas, and odor emissions, and improves animals’ rate of gain while, simultaneously, reducing death loss. New Fashion Pork has been commended by the local Emmett County Board of Supervisors for taking a leadership role in improving environmental quality – proactively being a good neighbor and providing better quality air for the animals.  New Fashion Pork made the clean air choice on their own, without neighbors or the County Board of Supervisors asking them to take action. New Fashion Pork is to be commended indeed.

Read the whole story “New Fashion Pork to be Commended” via Estherville Daily News

Do you know of a Pork or Poultry Producer who could benefit from installing the EPI Air?  Please contact us for more information or comment below.

8 Ways to Take a Breath of Fresh Air this Earth Day

This Earth Day, there are many ways that you can show your respect for the Earth.  From planting a tree, to cleaning the ditches, or starting a new routine in your home or business that will help your reduce, reuse, or recycle. Every green effort counts to help the earth and its resourceful land, water and air.

At Baumgartner Environics, we are taking the importance of indoor air quality one step further, because not only is breathing clean air vital for human beings, but animals as well.  The EPI Air System helps the livestock industry improve their in-barn air quality through dust reduction at the source. Our hypothesis is that cleaner air in livestock barns leads to improvement in animal growth and livability.

8 More Ways to Improve your Indoor Air Quality:

  1. Avoid second-hand smoke, and don’t smoke yourself.
  2. Get some houseplants! We all know that plants convert carbon dioxide into oxygen through photosynthesis, but a NASA/ALCA study also showed that many houseplants also remove harmful elements such as trichloroethylene, benzene, and formaldehyde from the air.
  3. open window clean airInstall a carbon monoxide detector to make sure your home stays free of this deadly gas.  Also be sure to never let your car run while parked in the garage.
  4. Check your home for radon.  Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer and is odorless and colorless.  Tests can be purchased from the hardware store or requested from the EPA.
  5. Change the filters in your air conditioner and furnace before the heating and cooling seasons begin.
  6. Avoid using chemicals when you can.  For instance, get no or low -VOC paints and non-toxic home cleaners and air fresheners. Try soy candles or homemade cleaners to keep it natural.
  7. Keep an eye out for visible molds in your home that could be dangerous and an indicator of moisture and bacteria problems.
  8. Open the windows, better yet – go outside! Fresh air does wonders for the body and to clear your mind.

This Earth Day, think about how you can make extra efforts to help the earth.  Could you ride-share to reduce your carbon footprint? There are many ways that you can reduce air pollution, and every bit counts.

How are you celebrating Earth Day? What extra efforts are you taking to help keep the earth’s land, water, or air clear of pollutants?

Murphy-Brown talks to National Hog Farmer about Clean Air

In the September 19, 2011 issue of National Hog Farmer, writer Dick Hagen addressed the new buzzwords in the swine industry – Electrostatic Particle Ionization (also known as EPI). Read the excerpts below from the article “Help Clear the Air in Hog Barns”.

EPI Air Technology has met and surpassed the criteria laid out by Murphy-Brown, LLC, the world’s largest pork producer.  Murphy-Brown, LLC installed EPI units in two, 2,000-head production nurseries.

Bob Coffelt, Business Development Manager, and Steve Pollmann, President of Murphy-Brown’s Western Division shared their experience with EPI. Here is what they had to say.

“The strength of the probability out of our testing convinced us fairly quickly that this appears to be an innovation well worth our time,” notes Bob Coffelt, business development manager at Murphy-Brown’s western division. “When we first looked at it, the system appeared to be fairly unorthodox. But the results speak for the system. Pigs simply do better,” Coffelt says.

“Maintenance requirements are low and the installation unobtrusive,” he adds. “It tends to challenge one’s concept of the improbable values of dust suspension and odor issues. The sensory impact would lead one to believe that odors were lower in rooms equipped with EPI.”

“This is a significant change in environmental systems with a net result of improved pig performance,” explains Steve Pollmann, president of Murphy-Brown’s western division. “We’re excited. The science is sound. Even though understanding the technology is a bit of a challenge, the takeaway is that EPI in our test runs provided documented evidence of the potential benefit of this technology.”

However, the only logical means of getting real mileage out of EPI technology depended upon conclusive evidence from the swine world. Murphy-Brown was receptive to testing the technology and its impact on pig health and gains in production.  Click here to view the detailed results and data from the Murphy-Brown installations of EPI.

Read the complete article “Help Clear the Air in Hog Barns” in National Hog Farmer.
Read other articles where EPI Air is featured in the News

BEI Launches New EPI Air Website!

Welcome to the new BEI website featuring the revolutionary EPI Air!  Our website looks different, but rest assured you are in the right place!

The past several months, we have been working hard to compile the research and articles about Electrostatic Particle Ionization (EPI).  Finally, the research is collected in one, easy to find spot here on our new website,, where we will continue to share new research data, success stories, and supporting articles.

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