|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)
|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)
|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)
|12:30 – 2:00pm||Lunch – Fed Ex Institute|
|2:00 – 3:00||Break Out Session
Farm, Forest, & Feedstock Track: Biomass Business 101
Ron Bell, President, Arkansas Association of RC&Ds (Moderator)
Biomass to Bio-goods: The Value of Bioproducts
|3:00 – 3:30||Break|
|3:30 – 4:30||Break Out Session
Farm, Forest, & Feedstock Track: Optimizing Feedstocks
Biomass to Bio-goods: Sustainable Bioeconomy
John Bonitz, Farm Outreach & Policy Advocate, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (Moderator)
|5:00 – 7:00||Reception
Smithsonian Rock N’ Soul Museum
|October 15, 2010|
|8:00 – 8:30am||Welcome
John Hochstein, Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Memphis
|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)
|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)
|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)
|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)
Optional Agricenter Farm Tour