Frequently Asked Questions about FCA
Below is a list of the most commonly asked questions about FCA. To see the most commonly asked questions about the Farmers Screen™, go to Farmers Screen FAQ.
What does FCA stand for?
Farmers Conservation Alliance. FCA’s name was created to show the balance of the organization in trying to find solutions that benefit both the environment and agriculture.
Where is FCA based?
FCA’s office is in Hood River, Oregon.
When did FCA start?
FCA officially opened its doors for business January 2006.
Are FCA and Farmers Irrigation District (FID) the same organization?
While FCA and FID work very closely together, FCA is a stand alone organization with its own staff and board.
How many people work at FCA?
Currently, FCA has five full-time staff members.
What is FCA’s mission?
FCA’s mission is to develop resource solutions for rural communities.
Why is FCA a nonprofit?
When the Farmers Irrigation District licensed the Farmers Screen to FCA, it was with the condition that FCA take the Farmers Screen to market, address institutional barriers preventing widespread fish screen installations, and invest profits in other solutions that benefit both the environment and agriculture. By developing as a nonprofit organization, FCA can not only sell the Farmers Screen, but work to address the larger issues of resource conservation for the benefits of both farmers and fish. Also, by being a nonprofit, FCA ensures that FID’s vision of re-investing profits into other solutions that benefit the common good is protected.
How does FCA sustain itself?
Currently, FCA maintains operations with a combination of screen sales, grants, and low-interest loans. In the next several years, as Farmers Screen sales grow, FCA will be sustained 100% by Farmers Screen sales. Of course, once the self-sustaining benchmark has been achieved, FCA will work to allocate surplus revenue to other individuals and organizations working to develop solutions that benefit both the environment and agriculture.
What will FCA do with the profits from the Farmers Screen?
Once FCA realizes surplus revenue, FCA will invest in other solutions, technologies, and entrepreneurs working for the benefit of both the environment and agriculture locally and nationally. To learn more about this vision, go to Community Investments.
How can I support FCA?
If you are interested in helping FCA further its mission and meet it’s goals, FCA is always in need of new opportunities to build relationships with other potential partners; support in the spreading the word about FCA, the Farmers Screen, and the value fish screens provide for fish and farmers; as well as financial support to sustain operations until the Farmers Screen sales reach scale. To learn more about how you can support FCA, go the FCA Support page.