The 19th Annual EPAC Biofuel Conference “Fuel, Food and The Future”

The 19th annual EPAC sponsored Biofuels Conference will be held June 29th – 30th at the Best Western Grantree Hotel, Bozeman, MT. The conference is meant to facilitate the continued development of the biofuel industry in the nation and especially in the region. Those who are interested in renewable alternative energies are invited to join key stakeholders from around the world to learn, network, and discuss emerging technologies about biofuels. The day and a half long conference that begins Monday June 29th at noon is titled “Fuel, Food and the Future”. One panel will expand on the well received discussion on distillers grains (DG) presented at the 2008 conference. Barley will be the focus of another session, and still another session will feature biodiesel. The future possibilities will include discussion on Algae and anaerobic digestion.

EPAC conferences are known for quality presentations on cutting edge technologies and the latest industry path and progress information. Bill Hagy, Under Secretary for Rural Development in the USDA will bring news about the Farm bill and funding, and explain issues that are important to the ethanol industry. Other nationally recognized speakers are also confirmed. They include Craig Shealy, CEO for Osage Bio Energy, a Virginia based barley processing company; Tom Blake, barley breeder at Montana State University (MSU), and Clifford Bradley of AE Montana, Butte MT who is working on a barley straw to ethanol project. Also Rajat Sethi of Texas A&M who speaks on the cardiovascular health benefits of wheat and corn Distillers Grains (DG), and Alphonsus Utioh, of the Food Development Center in Manitoba, Canada who is invited to speak on health benefits of the DG in a human diet. Russ Meier of Iowa will speak on adding value to distillers grains by pelletizing and microwave drying.

John Urbanchuk, LECG will speak on the economy and biofuels and the impact of recession and prospects for recovery. Joe Jobe, Executive Director for the National Biodiesel Board will lead the Biodiesel session along with Alice Pilgeram of MSU speaking on Camolina, Howard Haines of MT DEQ and Greg Kegal, MSU-Northern to explain the biodiesel testing facility on campus in Havre.

Keith Cooksey, an MSU Research Professor will speak on algae as a fuel feedstock. Jim Evanoff, Ranger at Yellowstone National Park will talk about the Park’s use of biofuels and the Clean City program. Phil Madson of KATZEN Engineering will tell of ethanol processing beyond corn. Trevor Nickel of Highmark Renewable Research, Vegreville, Alberta, Canada, will speak on a process to recover usable bio gas from manure produced at a feedlot that has a static capacity of 36,000 head of cattle. Other speakers include Chris Roach with Abengoa, Wendell Dreve and Marion Gilliland with Farmers Ethanol in Adamsville, Ohio, and Stoel Rives representative John Eustermann, who will tell of opportunities for funding under the stimulus bill.

With its diverse agenda, this conference is intended to appeal to a broad range of attendees, including: biofuel producers, marketer and retailers, end users such as public and private fleet managers; research institutions; farmers, ranchers and agribusiness executives; Also Financial entities such as lenders, Financial institutions, private equity firms, and venture capitalists as well as government regulators and all who are interested in this rapidly expanding green energy industry.

An industry trade show will be held. EPAC conferences are known for western entertainment, and this year, Rusty Feathers will present song and cowboy poetry. EPAC organized in 1991 for the purpose of educating about biofuels.