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Growing the Bioeconomy: Solutions for Sustainability

December 1 @ 10:00 AM - 6:30 PM - Purdue W. Laf Stewart Center and On-line

Growing the Bioeconomy: Solutions for Sustainability

A 13-state alliance of simultaneous state conferences—sharing content through high-speed communication systems—to promote agriculturally-based sustainable solutions to global climate change and energy supply.

 

The conference will tackle the sustainability challenge by:

• exploring a systems perspective on biorenewables

• offering solutions to current questions regarding grain ethanol

• examining the potential role of biochar as an agent for carbon sequestration

• discussing the implementation of new ideas for land stewardship with biofuels agriculture

 

Plenary Session (Via Remote Video)

10:15 am (EST) James E. Lovelock, Keynote address: Conversion of agricultural residues into biochar for incorporation into agricultural soils as the solution to global climate change.

 

11:00 am (EST) Johannes Lehmann, Plenary address: The potential of biochar production, in combination with bioenergy production, to improve nutrient retention in soils and removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

 

11:30 am (EST) Matt Liebman, Plenary address: Use of perennial species as biofuels feedstocks at particular locations within agroecosystems can provide important services, including soil, water, and nature conservation, while complementing food and feed production. 

 

4.30-6.30 pm (EST): Bioenergy economic and policy Issues (Concurrent Session Hosted Live at Purdue)

 

Wally Tyner, Ph.D.: will discuss second generation biofuels economic and policy issues with an emphasis on: blending wall, import tariff, market uncertainty, technology uncertainty, feedstock supply, and interaction among all these factors.

 

Dr. Steven Wu, Ph.D.: will present on contracting issues for second generation perennial crops and will discuss issues of how to design contracts suitable for farmers interested in biomass crops for biofuels production.

 

Harry Baumes, Ph.D.: will discuss program funding opportunities made available through USDA.

 

Daniel de la Torre Ugarte, Ph.D.: will discuss where bioenergy crops will become feedstock sources and the economic potential for these crops.

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