Des Moines, IA, June 17, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- Iowa Governor Chet Culver had strong words of support for Farm Pilot Project Coordination (FPPC), at the Iowa Technology Summit being held this week in Des Moines.
“The work you are doing is extremely important to one of Iowa’s longstanding agricultural and environmental challenges,” Governor Culver said. “The pilot project you are developing has the potential to produce innovative treatment technology systems that reduce the nutrient content of the animal feeding waste stream by 75 percent or greater.”
FPPC is a leader in agricultural conservation and technology research. Since 2002 annual summits 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 focusing on sustainability challenges facing animal agriculture.
“Sustainability is a critical issue for Iowa and the nation’s farming community,” Richard Salem, founder and CEO of FPPC, said. “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.”
Funding for approved FPPC projects comes from monies appropriated by Congress and overseen by the National Resource Conservation Service, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Governor Culver said he is appreciative of the funding approved by Iowa’s federal partners.
“Our administration has adopted many of the same clean water policies and funded them despite very difficult budget circumstances over the last two years,” Governor Culver said. “That’s because a vibrant livestock industry and clean water are both Iowa values.”
Governor Culver told his audience that FPPC provides the potential to maintain both an agricultural economy and the environment over the long term.
“You have my sincere thanks for taking on difficult challenges in what can be a highly politically charged policy area,” he said. “But Iowans need to be brought together around those solutions and I am confident that will happen.”
In his opening remarks to the summit this morning, Salem pointed to the progress that FPPC has made in renewable resource research, and the work that lies ahead.
“FPPC has managed, evaluated and tested innovative technology solution sets on more than 40 pilot projects throughout the country,” Salem said. “We have been working with conservationists, farmers and producers in the region to develop and evaluate technologies that provide innovative solutions to enhance the growth of a vibrant livestock industry in an environmentally and economically sustainable manner.”
The FPPC Iowa Technology Summit continues at the Embassy Suites Hotel On the River, in Des Moines, through Wednesday, June 16. More information 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.