Steve Kopperud, currently a Washington lobbyist who has more than 25 years of experience in the agricultural and government arenas, brought a truckload of information for his talk this week at the Kansas Agri Business Expo at Wichita’s Century II.
During the bio-tech part of the discussion, he spoke of a salmon that is being genetically designed to produce 30 times as much food. And then there was the environmental pig, which has been designed to defecate less but tastes just as good. “The pig is more environmentally friendly,” Kopperud said.
He was speaking of the carbon cap that all ag producers must consider. The EPA will set the standards and fines will be levied for a business — ag or otherwise — for exceeding those carbon limits.