ALABAMA AGRICULTURE ENERGY CONFERENCE SET NOV. 29
AUBURN, Ala. -- The third annual Alabama Agriculture Energy Conference, a one-day event focusing on energy efficiency, renewable energy technologies and techniques for agriculture, is set for Nov. 29 at the Auburn University Hotel & Dixon Conference Center in Auburn.
The one-day event, hosted by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA), in cooperation with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the Alabama Farmers Federation and the Alabama Poultry and Egg Association, is geared to Alabama farmers, Extension agents, governmental leaders, university personnel and others interested in agricultural energy.
Ron Sparks, commissioner of the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, will speak on the "Importance of Biofuels for Alabama Agriculture."
Other guest speakers include: Dr. David Bransby, a professor of energy crops and bioenergy with Auburn University's College of Agriculture; Kathy Hornsby, manager of ADECA's Renewable Energy Program; Wayne Keith, a Springville farmer who converted his pickup to run on wood; Dr. Jesse Chappell of Auburn University's Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures; and Mark Hall, a regional Extension agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service.
Speakers from alternative energy companies will dominate the afternoon sessions as Gary Elliot, president of International Applied Engineering, speaks on "Cellulosic Ethanol -- Feasibility for Commercialization in Alabama," and Donny Mecke of Earth Clean Technologies and Bill Sasher, chief executive officer of Dogwood Energy, will speak on "Small-Scale Biofuel Production."
The conference will begin with registration and breakfast at 8 a.m., and conclude with a field trip to see Auburn University's Integrated Aquaculture-Vegetable Production System. A poster session highlighting current ADECA Agriculture Energy Program projects will also be included.
Pre-registration is required. Cost is $35; registration after Nov. 15 is $45. Participants can download a registration form and conference agenda at https://ssl.acesag.auburn.edu/conference/agenergy2006/registration.php.
For more information, contact the ADECA Energy, Weatherization and Technology Division at 1-800-392-8098.