Eugene Ver Steeg, DVM, of Inwood, Iowa has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission - a nine-person body that provides policy oversight of Iowa’s environmental efforts.
Ver Steeg is a long-time pork producer and past president of the Iowa Pork Producers Association. His term will continue through April 30, 2011. The appointment was announced on Wednesday by Iowa Gov. Chet Culver.
“We’ve always been concerned about protecting the environment on our farm and, along those lines, I’ve had a desire to serve on the EPC and I hope that we continue to keep our water and air clean in Iowa,” Ver Steeg said.
“I am confident that Dr. Ver Steeg will be a great addition to the Environmental Protection Commission,” said Culver. “He has a tremendous amount of experience, including over 25 years in the farming industry. I look forward to working with Dr. Ver Steeg as the newest member of the EPC."
Ver Steeg owns and manages Sunnycrest, Inc., a wean-to-finish hog business, and he says he hopes to give livestock producers in general and pork producers in particular a stronger voice on the EPC.
Ver Steeg replaces Ralph Klemme from LeMars. Klemme resigned his position in September, citing the EPC’s increasing tilt against agriculture. The appointment will be subject to Senate confirmation during the 2009 legislative session.