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July 24, 2003   Email to Friend 

SEMINAR WILL EXPLORE ALABAMA'S BIOENERGY POTENTIAL
Debra Davis
(334) 613-4686
July 24, 2003

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries will host a seminar on bioenergy, Aug. 26, 2003, from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The seminar will be in the auditorium of the Richard Beard Building in Montgomery and will provide an update and better understanding of bioenergy. It also will explore opportunities to use bioenergy for economic development in Alabama.

Energy needs continue to grow each day; therefore, alternative sources for energy production are of great interest to all consumers. Continued dependence on foreign petroleum as the main source of energy in America is risky and is not in the best interest to national security. Using renewable fuels for energy production, not only reduces dependency on other nations, it can provide jobs for those living in rural communities as well. This seminar will focus on improved ways to produce energy from biomass, especially energy crops, agricultural residues, as well as wood and forest industry residues.

Dr. David Bransby, professor of Energy Crops at Auburn University, will discuss the potential of using bioenergy production as an economic development tool and Phillip Badger, President of General Bioenergy in Florence, Ala., will explain how bio-oil is produced from biomass. Several other industry representatives are scheduled to speak on different aspects of bioenergy.

All interested groups should make arrangements as soon as possible due to limited seating. For reservations and more information, contact the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries at (334) 240-7100 or 1-800-642-7761 ext. 7100. There will be a $10 registration fee to help cover the cost of lunch.


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