Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey Keynote Speaker at FPPC Summit in Des Moines

Des Moines, IA, July 08, 2011 --( Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey will be the keynote speaker at the Farm Pilot Project Coordination (FPPC) Midwest Technology Summit, to be held July 13-15 in Des Moines. The theme of this year’s conference is “Strategies to Increase Yields and Farm Revenue Using Nitrogen Capture Methodologies and Renewable Energy Technologies.”

Northey is a fourth generation farmer from Spirit Lake who grows corn and soybeans. Re-elected to his second term as Iowa Secretary of Agriculture and Land Stewardship last November, his priorities are advancing science and technologies to better care for air, soil and water. He will address the FPPC summit on Thursday, July 14.

“We are honored that Secretary Northey is joining us in Des Moines,” said Richard Salem, founder and CEO of FPPC. “FPPC’s work demonstrates that we share his commitment to developing new technologies devoted to renewable resources. We look forward to learning more on his initiatives and direction in leading Iowa agriculture.”

As Secretary, Northey travels to each of Iowa’s 99 counties to hear from farmers and rural residents with a stake in the future of agriculture. These meetings allow him to listen to their needs and better lead the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Back on his farm, Northey uses reduced tillage, GPS, and grid soil sampling. Besides raising corn and soybeans, the Northey farm has grown alfalfa and raised hogs and cattle throughout the years.

Northey is also active in the Iowa Farm Bureau, following in the footsteps of his grandfather E. Howard Hill, who served as president from 1947 – 1963. Secretary Northey has served in a number of Farm Bureau offices at the county and state level, including serving as President, Vice President and committee chairman of the Dickinson County Farm Bureau.

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 Midwest 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.

“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,” said FPPC General Manager Bob Monley. “Registration to the conference remains open. We know this will be a valuable experience for all in our industry, including farmers, conservationists, regulators, researchers, educators, agricultural leaders and technology providers.”

Included among those addressing the conference will be Rich Sims, Iowa 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 for the Asphalt Industry; and John Weiss of R&J Partnership, who will speak on “Keeping Nitrogen Values High in Organic Fertilizer.” Other presentations will be devoted to:

Growing challenge of manure in the livestock industry
Manure – 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 Midwest Technology Summit will be held at the Renaissance 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