Farm Pilot Project Coordination (FPPC) Intensifies Nutrient Reduction Efforts in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

FPPC is holding its second annual regional summit in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed region next month, with a focus on the role of thermo chemical processes in capturing nutrients and reclaiming energy from the animal waste stream.

Annapolis, MD, February 20, 2011 --( Proving that it remains committed to addressing and finding solutions to nutrient concerns in the region, Farm Pilot Project Coordination (FPPC) is holding its second annual Chesapeake Bay Region summit meeting, March 23-25, in Annapolis, Maryland.

“Through our many farm-scale research projects we’ve gained valuable lessons over the past year on waste conservation opportunities that lead to renewable energy and resource capture,” said Richard Salem, founder and CEO of Farm Pilot. “We’re proud to be able to share our latest findings in the Chesapeake Bay Region for the second year running.”

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. Last year FPPC expanded its outreach with two regional summits, one in the Chesapeake Bay Region, the other in Iowa.

The theme of the 2011 Chesapeake Bay Region symposium is the role of thermo chemical processes in capturing nutrients and reclaiming energy from the animal waste stream. FPPC will update participants on results of their technology projects and invite all stakeholders to discuss the implications of a tightening regulatory environment. Topics for discussion will include:

- What is a thermo chemical process and why is this family of processes being considered for alternative treatment of manure and poultry litter?
- How important is the feedstock in a thermo chemical process?
- What are the byproducts that result?
- Can the investment of this technology be justified?
- What scale is appropriate?
- What energy products are formed?
- Where do they nutrients go?
- Are there emissions to be concerned about?
- Where in the watershed are there examples of thermo chemical processes deployed in animal agriculture?

“This summit offers insight that will be of interest to conservationists, regulators, agri-business leaders, growers, researchers and technology providers,” Salem said. “All those who understand the need for technological advancement in nutrient reduction, renewable energy, and organic fertilizer at dairy and poultry farm operations will benefit.”

Registration is now open for the event, which begins with a welcome reception at 6:30 pm March 23, and will be held at the Westin Hotel in Annapolis. Those who want to register can do so on the FPPC website (, which also includes a full conference schedule of speakers and events. Participants can also sign-up or ask questions by contacting Program Manager Aimee Walker Thomas, who can be reached at 800-829-8212.


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. More information can be found by contacting FPPC at the organization’s web site,
Farm Pilot Project Coordination, Inc.
Chris Jadick