October 14, 2010
8:00 – 8:15 am
Dr. Shirley Raines, President, University of Memphis
U.S. Representative Steve Cohen, Tennessee District 9  

8:15 – 8:45 Keynote Speaker
Dallas Tonsager, Under Secretary for Rural Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture 


8:45 – 9:15 Keynote Speaker
Frank Moore, Director of Biofuels, Commonwealth of Kentucky 


9:15 – 10:00 Panel – New Horizons
This panel will discuss the opportunities and challenges of the biomass industry. 

Tom Ballard, Director of Partnerships Directorate, UT-Battelle LLC, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Moderator)
Ted Abernathy, Executive Director, Southern Growth Policies Board
Steve Bares, President & Executive Director, Memphis Bioworks Foundation
Bud Hughes, Partner, Verdant Partners

10:00 – 10:30 Break 

10:30 – 11:30 Panel – The Policy Environment
This panel will explore public policy issues related to the biomass industry. Topics of discussion will include definitions of biomass, biomass crop assistance program, climate legislation, and regulatory issues. 

Chris Masingill, Federal Co-Chair, Delta Regional Authority (Moderator)
Robert Abt, Professor of Forestry and Environmental Resources, North Carolina State University
Jose Olivares, Biofuels Program Lead, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Jeremy Peters, Government Relations Representative, National Farmers Union


11:30 – 12:30 Panel – Pioneers of the Bioeconomy
This panel will present leaders across the spectrum of the bioeconomy. Panelists will describe how they became involved in the bioeconomy and their lessons learned in addition to addressing some of the major issues facing the industry. 

Peter Nelson, Director, AgBioworks Regional Initiative(Moderator)
Gary McChesney, CTO, FutureFuel Chemical Co.
Denise Broughton, Sustainability & Strategic Funding Manager, Buckeye Technologies
Barry Hill, President, Ontario Soil & Crop Improvement Association

12:30 – 2:00pm Lunch – Fed Ex Institute
2:00 – 3:00 Break Out Session  

Farm, Forest, & Feedstock Track: Biomass Business 101
In this session, farmers and foresters will share their experiences and lessons learned in providing biomass for the production of power and fuels.

Ron Bell, President, Arkansas Association of RC&Ds (Moderator)
Steve Flick, Chairman, Show Me Energy
Dewayne Goldmon, Director Stakeholder Relations, Monsanto & National Black Growers Council
Stewart Weaver, Partner, Owner, Operator, H.E. Weaver & Sons, Board Member, United Sorghum Checkoff Program


Biomass to Bio-goods: The Value of Bioproducts
Panelists in this session will discuss the role of bioproducts in the industry and their potential value.

Pete Moss, President, Frazier, Barnes & Associates LLC Biogenix (Moderator)
Debtosh Chakrabarti, President, PMC Group
Elizabeth Hood, CEO, Infinite Enzymes
John van Leeuwen, CEO, Ecosynthetix Inc

3:00 – 3:30 Break
3:30 – 4:30 Break Out Session  

Farm, Forest, & Feedstock Track: Optimizing Feedstocks
Participants will present their work focused on creating feedstocks that are optimal for use in the bio-economy.

Mike Karst, Senior Partner, Entira (Moderator)
Dave Jessen, CTO, Chromatin
Joe Bouton, Senior Professor, Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation
Derek Dougherty, Dougherty & Dougherty Forestry Services, Inc.


Biomass to Bio-goods: Sustainable Bioeconomy
This panel will explore the ways biomass energy-conversion technology impacts efficiency, carbon-life-cycle, sustainability, and economics.

John Bonitz, Farm Outreach & Policy Advocate, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (Moderator)
Robert Abt, Professor, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, North Carolina State University
Dan Burciaga, President & CEO, ThermoChem Recovery International
Lew McCreery, Forest Products Specialist, Wood Education and Resource Center, USFS Northeastern Area

5:00 – 7:00 Reception
Smithsonian Rock N’ Soul Museum 

Sponsored By:
Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce
Mid-South Community College


October 15, 2010
8:00 – 8:30am Welcome
John Hochstein, Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Memphis 

Keynote Speaker
U.S Representative Steve Cohen, Tennessee District 9

8:30 – 9:00am Keynote Debate: The Future of Southern Forests in Bioenergy
What affect will the presence of a growing bioenergy industry have on Southern Forests? Will they thrive? Will they suffer?  

Brent Bailey, Southeast Coordinator, 25x’25 (Moderator)
Ron Bell, President, Arkansas Association of RC&Ds
Scot Quaranda, Campaign Director, Dogwood Alliance

9:00 – 9:45 Panel – Innovation Matters 

This panel will focus on innovations in the biomass industry that could be game changers for the industry.

Sumesh Arora, Director, Strategic Biomass Solutions, Mississippi Technology Alliance (Moderator)
Steve Sandroni, Production & Logistics Manager, Sustainable Oils
Tamra Fakhoorian, President, Mid-South Chapter, National Algae Association
Frank Hardimon, Director of Sales, Blade Energy Crops, Ceres, Inc.

9:45 – 10:00 Break
10:00 – 11:00 Best Practices in Transporting Raw Biomass 

Panelists will discuss the new products and processes for transporting raw biomass.

Tim Rials, Director, Center for Renewable Carbon, University of Tennessee (Moderator)
Tom Kimmerer, Senior Scientist, Moore Ventures
Mike Mills, Principal, Spectrum Consulting Group
Jim Wimberly, President, Bioenergy Systems LLC

11:00 -12:00pm Sweet Sorghum & Ethanol Irrigation Unit Closes Farm-based Fuel Loop 

Sunny Morris, Liaison for Special Projects Arkansas Delta Training and Education Consortium Consortium, Mid-South Community College (Moderator)
Brad Holen, COO, Renewable Fuels, AmeriFuels – Energy Solutions
Shelee Padgett, Eastern States Field Services Director, United Sorghum Checkoff Program
Randy Powell, Project Manager, Sweet Sorghum, BioDimensions, Inc.
Boyd Vancil, Farm Operations Manager, BioDimensions, Inc.




Optional Agricenter Farm Tour

8:30 – 9:00 Keynote SpeakerDr. Len Peters, Secretary of Energy & Environment, Commonwealth of Kentucky