Truman to Host Bioenergy Conference

Truman State University will host a Bioenergy Conference on Dec. 5, in collaboration with University of Missouri Extension, the Northeast Missouri Resource Conservation and Development, and Missouri Rural Enterprise and Innovation Center.

The conference, funded by a professional development program grant from USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, will highlight the role of farms and farmland in a sustainable energy future. Nationally-known researchers and entrepreneurs will address production and utilization of grassy and woody biomass, wind energy and financing bioenergy projects.

Regular conference registration was targeted to agricultural educators, extension personnel and agency personnel in Missouri, Iowa and Illinois.  However, conference sessions taking place from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 4-5:30 p.m. in the Activities Room of the Student Union Building are open to faculty, staff and students free of charge.

Wayne Keith, a partner in Renewable Energy Systems, L.L.C., has developed gasification technology that enables regular vehicles, which are normally fueled with gasoline, to be powered with a wide range of solid biomass materials, like wood, switchgrass, crop residues and broiler litter.

One of Keith’s ‘bio-trucks’ that uses gasification technology will be on display at the conference from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Physical Plant parking lot.  

For additional information, contact Michael Seipel at 785.4316. For a full conference program and map, go to
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