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Environmental Center for Livestock Waste Management Symposium Supported by AIT U.S.-Asia Environmental Partnership (US-AEP)

PR9961E | Date: 1999-12-03

The Environmental Center for Livestock Waste Management's Third International Symposium will bring together agricultural science and technology from the United States and the Asia-Pacific region December 7-9, 1999. The symposium, to be held at the National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, is one of many regional programs designed to help livestock producers, government officials and university researchers to develop effective livestock waste management methods and technologies. The United States-Asia Environmental Partnership through the American Institute in Taiwan is proud to have played a constructive role in bringing together this symposium.

Several U.S. universities have been active at the Center since its establishment in 1998 including Illinois Institute of Technology, Iowa State University, North Carolina State University, Oregon State University and Purdue University. Hardware and technology for the Center have come from U.S. firms including Aeromix Systems, Agri-Bio Systems, A.O. Smith Engineering Storage Products, BioWeb Company, Chicago Industrial Pump Company, Insta-Pro (International Division of Triple "F"), OCECO safety and conservation equipment, and RAYDOT ventilation equipment. The mission of the Center is to promote cost-effective livestock waste treatment technologies and practices to benefit all countries in the Asia Pacific region. It provides an operational base for U.S. partners in the transfer of modern technologies of clean environment and sustainable agriculture.

The National Pingtung University of Science and Technology has donated the land for the Center and spent more than US$1 million to develop the facility. The symposium will be simulcast through video conferencing at Chunghwa Telecom in Taipei.

The Department of Animal Production maintains an experimental farm with dairy cattle, pigs and poultry. All animal shelters have automatic equipment for feeding, ventilation and treatment. The Center operates livestock waste processing and composting facilities on the farm for training, demonstration and research. Regional training, special training, internship programs, equipment demonstrations and distance learning are all part of the education element of the Center.

Interested parties are encouraged to contact:

Jennifer Huang, US-AEP Acting Director
2720-1550 ex. 343
No. 333 Keelung Road, Section 1, Room 3207
Taipei, Taiwan

Dr. Liu Shanda,
President, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology
No. 1 Hsueh-Fu Road, Lao-Pi, Nei-Pu,
Pingtung, Taiwan