Amana Farms to Update Anaerobic Digester Project at Farm Pilot Project Coordination (FPPC) Iowa Technology Summit

Des Moines, IA, July 06, 2011 --( Amana Farms, one of Iowa’s leading innovators in turning manure into electricity, has announced it will be presenting a technology update at the Farm Pilot Project Coordination (FPPC) Iowa Technology Summit, to be held July 13-15 in Des Moines.

Amana’s $4.9 million anaerobic digester near West Amana has been hailed for its ability to convert feeder cattle manure along with industrial and food processing waste into power. Over a 21-day process, the digester generates electricity for the Amana Service Company, with methane gas and heat as byproducts.

“Amana Farms has proven that renewable energy technologies can be economically viable, which is an ongoing priority to the projects FPPC is engaged in,” said Richard Salem, founder and CEO of Farm Pilot Project. “We’re anxious to hear of their progress, as well as share the knowledge we have gained at FPPC’s farm-scale operations nationwide.”

FPPC is a leader in agricultural conservation and technology research. Since 2002 annual summits have given farmers, industry leaders, government officials, and researchers across the country access to the latest information on renewable resource technology in agriculture.

The 2011 Iowa Technology Summit is the second regional summit in Iowa, the first coming last June. The theme of this year’s conference is “Strategies to Increase Yields and Farm Revenue Using Optimum Nitrogen Capture Methodologies and Renewable Energy Technologies.”

“Coming off the success we had in Des Moines last year we look forward to an ever greater exchange of ideas this month,” said FPPC General Manager Bob Monley. “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. We know this will be a valuable conference for farmers, conservationists, regulators, researchers, educators, agricultural leaders and technology providers, and we invite all to attend.”

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Bill Northey, will also speak at the conference. A fourth generation farmer from Spirit Lake who advocates the use of new technologies for better care of air, soil and water, Northey will address the FPPC summit on Thursday, July 14.

Others speaking at the conference include Rich Sims, Ohio State Conservationist with the NRCS, who will discuss the Mississippi River Basin Initiative Program, Rich Lux of Innoventor, Inc., who will talk about Swine Waste to Oil in the Asphalt Industry, and John Weise of R&J Partnership who will speak on “Recycling Emissions to Keep N Values High.” Additional presentations will be devoted to:

Growing challenge of manure in the livestock industry
Animal waste – its energy and nutrient value
Renewable energy – a source of cost saving and farm revenue
Best methods to conserve and optimize Nitrogen
Protecting water quality and healthy soil
Policy to promote responsible nutrient management

The FPPC Iowa Technology Summit will be held at the Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel, in Des Moines, July 13-15. More information, including registration forms and a complete conference schedule of speakers and events, can be found on FPPC’s web site


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.
Farm Pilot Project Coordination, Inc.
Chris Jadick