Iowa Gov. Chet Culver to Address FPPC Technology Summit in Des Moines
Farm Pilot Project Coordination (FPPC) will hold its second regional summit in 2010, on June 14-16 in Des Moines. Agriculture experts will provide valuable information to growers, researchers and technology providers interested in nutrient reduction, renewable energy, and organic fertilizer at dairy, swine and poultry farm operations.
“Sustainability is a critical issue for Iowa and the nation’s farming community, and the FPPC Technology Summit will provide an excellent forum for the nation’s leading agriculture experts to discuss and share ideas,” said Richard Salem, founder and CEO of FPPC. “Not only must we discuss sustainability as a means to protect clean air, water and soil, but also to sustain critical watersheds like the Mississippi River Basin, and create jobs.”
Governor Culver’s keynote address on Tuesday, June 15, highlights an extensive three-day program for conservationists, regulators, agri-business leaders, growers, researchers and technology providers interested in nutrient reduction, renewable energy, and organic fertilizer at dairy, swine and poultry farm operations.
“This technology exchange program is designed to provide ample opportunity for members of the agriculture community to interact with principal investigators of farm scale projects,” said Bob Monley, General Manager of FPPC. “Participants will also benefit from networking opportunities with recognized experts from government, industry and universities.”
FPPC is a leader in agricultural conservation and technology research. Since 2002 annual summits in Florida have given farmers, industry leaders, government officials, and researchers access to the latest information on renewable resource technology in agriculture. FPPC’s Iowa Technology Summit is the second of two regional summits this year, the first of which was held in Maryland to address issues surrounding the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
“This technology summit is timely for Iowa and the Midwest,” Monley said. “In addition to the conferences and panel discussions, FPPC will update participants on the results of our technology projects that span 19 states across the country.”
Included among those addressing the conference will be Bruce Knight, former Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), who will speak on “Assuring Sustainability of the Dairy Industry.” Also speaking will be Ray Archuleta, a conservation agronomist with the USDA-NRCS who will discuss “How Nature ‘The Supreme Farmer’ Manages Manure.”
“At Farm Pilot projects across the country we’re learning more each day, gaining knowledge about waste conversion opportunities leading to renewable resources on the farm,” Salem said. “With this wealth of information comes the obligation to share what we’ve learned. Our conference will be a valuable opportunity for all those engaged in the economy of Midwest agriculture.”
The FPPC Iowa Technology Summit will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel On the River, in Des Moines, June 14-16. More information, including registration forms and a complete conference schedule of speakers and events, can be found on FPPC’s web site fppcinc.org.
About FPPC: Farm Pilot Project Coordination, Inc., is a non-profit organization founded in 2002 by Richard Salem. Its mandate is to oversee the implementation and administration of a Pilot Project Program to demonstrate economically viable innovative technology. Farm scale systems are performance tested to assure reduction of the nutrient content of the waste stream from agricultural feed operations (AFOs) by 75 percent or greater. Funding for approved Pilot Projects comes from monies appropriated by Congress and overseen by the National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.