Category Archives: Agenda Updates

Biomass South Reception being held at the Smithsonian Rock N’ Soul Museum

Due to the generous sponsorships of the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce, Battelle, and Mid-South Community College, the Biomass South 2010 reception on October 14th will be held at Memphis’ Smithsonian Rock N’ Soul Museum from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Don’t … Continue reading

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Biomass South adds optional farm tour with Agricenter International

Agricenter International is a leader in agricultural field crop research. Through its work with agribusiness, University systems, and government and non-government organizations, Agricenter provides a professional forum for the unbiased development, evaluation, demonstration, education, and marketing of the latest and … Continue reading

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Keynote Speaker: Congressman Steve Cohen

Congressman Steve Cohen has confirmed as our October 15th morning Keynote Speaker. Congressman Cohen is a fourth-generation Memphian who has dedicated his life to public service. As a child, he was stricken with polio, but through hard work, he was … Continue reading

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Under Secretary for Rural Development Confirmed as Keynote Speaker

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager will deliver the keynote address on October 14.  Mr. Tonsager, who was appointed Under Secretary by President Obama, will be representing USDA’s strategy under Secretary Vilsack, who … Continue reading

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Agenda Highlight – The Policy Environment

Public policy is an important aspect of how the bioeconomy will innovate and grow. This panel of experts will discuss (1) new research on how different biomass definitions affect the South’s bioenergy industrty; (2) what’s happening at the federal level … Continue reading

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Agenda Highlight – New Horizons Panel

The New Horizons Panel features experts from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Southern Growth Policies Board, Memphis Bioworks Foundation, and Verdant Partners discussing  the opportunities for the South in the bioeconomy. They will discuss the need for innovation and investment and … Continue reading

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Keynote Highlight: Dr. Len Peters, Cabinet Secretary, Kentucky Energy & Environment Cabinet

Dr. Len Peters, Cabinet Secretary, Kentucky Energy & Environment Cabinet – Appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear in 2008 to oversee Kentucky’s energy, environmental protection and natural resources programs, Dr. Len Peters has developed and implemented Kentucky’s first comprehensive strategic energy … Continue reading

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Keynote Debate: The Future of Southern Forests in Bioenergy

The effect of the bioenergy industry on Southern forests has continued to be a point of debate. Will the industry creating thriving forests or diminish them? Does bioenergy encourage forest owners to manage more or less sustainably? Which types of … Continue reading

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Digging deeper into biomass definitions

During the Policy Environment Panel on October 14th, Bob Abt from North Carolina State University will be presenting his latest research on the effect of various biomass definitions on the South’s ability to meet renewable energy standards. Do these definitions … Continue reading

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Agenda Update: New Corporate Speakers Confirmed

New speakers confirmed for Biomass South 2010 include representatives from: – ArborGen – Ecosynthetix – Monsanto – Show Me Energy – Verdant Partners and More! Check out the updates on the Speaker page.

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