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Farm pilot project off to good start

DES MOINES (KWWL)--- Governor Chet Culver spoke at the Farm Pilot Project Coordination Iowa Technology Summit in Des Moines Tuesday, which brought agriculture experts together to address sustainability challenges facing animal agriculture. Leaders from government, academic institutions and the agriculture industry discussed ways to protect clean air, water and soil, sustain critical watersheds like the Mississippi River Basin, and create jobs.

Farm Pilot Project Coordination, Inc., is a non-profit organization that oversees the implementation and administration of a Farm Pilot Project Program to demonstrate economically viable, innovative agriculture technology.

"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," Governor Culver said.

Funding for approved Pilot 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 expressed appreciation for funding approved by Iowa's federal partners.

Iowa will invest $55 million for water quality improvements through the Culver/Judge I-JOBS initiative in the next year. I-JOBS will also an additional $11.5 million to repair conservation structures destroyed by the 2008 floods, protect valuable Iowa farmland and improve water quality.

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