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Transition to a Bioeconomy: The Role of Extension in Energy

The June 30-July 1, 2009, conference, Role of Extension in Energy, provided Extension educators with timely, practical information they can use in doing programming in their own state or locale.   This final conference in the Transition to a Bioeconomy series was at the Doubletree Hotel, Little Rock, Arkansas.

This conference was a collaboration of USDA's Office of Energy Policy and New Uses, Farm Foundation, USDA's Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, and the University of Arkansas.  A  conference proceedings is available.

The conference program featured experts working in renewable energy, biofuels, energy efficiency and new energy technologies. Presenters include industry leaders, staff from USDA and the U.S. Department of Energy, and researchers working in energy efficiency, renewable energy and new energy technologies.

Each participant at the conference received an information toolkit containing handouts and papers from conference presentations.  These materials were designed as aides Extension educators might use in programming in their respective locales.

Conference presentations are posted here:
TUESDAY, June 30
Plenary Session 1
The Role of Extension in Energy
Chair: Neil Conklin, Farm Foundation

The Leadership Charge
 John E. Ferrell, U.S. Department of Energy


Expectations for Extension

 Duane Acker, 25 x ‘25


Extension, Energy and Public Policy

Charles Stenholm, Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Bode Matz PC


Plenary Session 2
Renewable Energy Technology Outlook

Chair:  James Fischer, Fischer and Associates

Wind:  Technology Trends, Costs & Contracts

 Marguerite Kelly, National Renewable Energy Laboratory


Geothermal Applications, Costs & Feasibility

 Roy Mink, Mink Geohydro, Inc.


Solar Technology Trends & Costs

 John Thornton, Thornton Solar Consulting, LLC, NREL Emeritus


Digester Technology Trends & Costs

 Bill Lazarus, University of Minnesota


Biomass:  Producer Choices, Production Costs & Potential

 Francis Epplin, Oklahoma State University



Chair:  Milo J. Shult, University of Arkansas

Extension Strategies Targeting Energy Conservation & Efficiency

 Stanley Johnson, University of Nevada


Workshop I: Risk Management for Energy Investments
Chair:  Clark Garland, University of Tennessee

Establishing a Dedicated Energy Crop

 Kenny Hamilton, Tennessee farmer


Biomass From a Plant Perspective
 Kyle Althoff, DuPont Danisco


Agricultural Policy and Extension Recommendations

 Jim Larson, University of Tennessee


Workshop II:  Making Energy Efficiency Choices
Chair:  Stanley Johnson, University of Nevada


Extension Resource Efficiency Programs for Residential Housing

 Pierce Jones, University of Florida

How State Energy Offices Can Work with Extension

 David Sjoding, Washington State University


Energy Conservation and Great Lakes Agriculture

 William Johnson, Alliant Energy



 Tom Potter, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project


Workshop III:  Energy Crop Agronomics

Chair:  Michael Popp, University of Arkansas


BMPs for Establishing and Maintaining Perennial Energy Crops

 Chuck West, University of Arkansas


Hybrid Energy Crop BMPs (Annuals)

 Bill Rooney, Texas A&M University


Economics of Crop Residues

 Daniel Petrolia, Mississippi State University


Workshop IV:  Forestry

Chair:  David Anderson, Texas A&M University

Potential for a Sustainable Supply

 Daniel De La Torre Ugarte, University of Tennessee


Technological Trends & Production Costs for Forestry Biomass

 Matthew Pelkki, University of Arkansas


Coproducts and Byproducts of Biorefinery Processing

 Eric Taylor, Texas A&M University


Workshop V: Harvest, Storage, and Logistics

Chair:  Shahabaddine Sokhansanj, Oak Ridge National Laboratory


Developing a Uniform-Format Feedstock Supply System

 Chris Wright, Idaho National Lab


Logistics Challenges and Size Reduction

 John Cundiff, Virginia Tech


Economics of the Supply Chain

 Burton English, University of Tennessee


Workshop VI: eXtension and Other Delivery Methods

Chair:  Harrison Pittman, University of Arkansas


eXtension Overview, Purpose and Direction

 Craig Wood, University of Kentucky


Farms as Producers and Consumers of Sustainable Ag Energy: Strategies for Improving Energy Efficiency

 Sue Hawkins, University of Vermont


The Case of High Plains Wind Consortium

 Cole Gustafson, North Dakota State University


Wednesday, July 1

Plenary Session 3

Anticipated Extension Program Needs

Chair:  Steve Halbrook, University of Arkansas


Green House Gas and Indirect Land Use

 Wallace Tyner, Purdue University


Legal Issues with Bioeconomy Development

 Harrison Pittman, University of Arkansas


Community Development Issues

 Mark Edelman, Iowa State University


Plenary Session 4

Role of Extension in the Bioeconomy
Chair: Steve Halbrook, University of Arkansas

Effectiveness of Extension Efforts on Energy

 David Anderson, Texas A&M University


Extension Administration Perspective on Funding Energy Efforts

 Tim Cross, University of Tennessee


Strengths, Weaknesses, Resources, Opportunities and Challenges

 Dan Dooley, University of California








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