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Transition to a Bioeconomy: Risk, Infrastructure and Industry Evolution

June 24-25, 2008
Doubletree Marina Hotel, Berkeley, Calif.

A conference sponsored by Farm Foundation,
USDA Office of Energy Policy and New Uses and USDA Economic Research Service

 The Conference Program

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Travel Scholarships
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The nation’s rapid transition to a bioeconomy has significant implications for agriculture, the food system, rural communities and the global economy.  This conference focuses on risk, infrastructure and the evolution of the biofuels industry.  It will explore market relationships, risk management strategies, infrastructure issues, distributional impacts and business structures. 

The conference will also examine how biofuels produced from cellulosic feedstocks—a technology forecast to be commercially viable within the next decade—will impact businesses, market relationships and the economy overall. A conference program is available.

This is the second in a series of four conferences sponsored by Farm Foundation and USDA to inventory current knowledge, highlight lessons learned to date, identify future possibilities and determine what we need to know for the future.  These conferences and the products produced from them will provide government, industry, academic and community leaders with objective information and analysis they can use to make more informed decisions related to the bioeconomy in the next decade.

The first conference in the Transition to a Bioeconomy series was Integration of Agriculture and Energy Systems. Participants in this event, which was February 2008 in Atlanta, Ga., examined the impacts of a bioeconomy on farming systems, cropping patterns, by- and co-product markets and animal agriculture. Also discussed were the farming and energy systems that will be needed to support the cellulosic industry when that technolog becomes commercially viable. Conference presentations are available.

Additional conferences planned over the next two years are:

  • Environmental and Economic Development Impacts (Fall 2008)
  • Implications of a Global Bioeconomy (February 2009)
  • Extension Education for a Bioeconomy (Fall, 2008)

Farm Foundation has been a catalyst on bioenergy issues since June 2004, when it led the conference Agriculture as a Consumer and Producer of Energy.

Other conferences include:
Biofuel, Food and Feed Tradeoff April 2007

Energy in Agriculture: Managing the Risk
June 2006

Energy from Agriculture: New Technologies, Innovations and Success Stories
, December 2005





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