Energy from Agriculture: New Technologies, Innovative Programs and Success Stories will provide a comprehensive picture of current knowledge about the economics of energy production by agriculture. The conference is set for Dec. 14-15, in St. Louis. It's designed for farmers, ranchers, agricultural leaders, energy industry executives, commodity group leaders, rural community leaders, Congressional staff, state and regional government officials and policy makers.

Economic research findings and first-hand energy-production experience will be featured during the presentations. Specific attention will be given to ethanol— its production, byproducts and market impacts—and to energy production from non-traditional feedstocks.

The Farm Foundation and USDA’s Office of Energy Policy and New Uses, Rural Development and Natural Resources Conservation Service is organizing the conference.

A highlight will be reports by farmers and ranchers on their first-hand experiences in energy production in such areas as anaerobic digesters, biomass, wind, solar, ethanol and biodiesel. NRCS and the Office of Rural Development personnel will provide briefings on USDA programs that encourage and support agriculture’s energy role.

Energy from Agriculture will take place Dec. 14-15, at the Marriott St. Louis Airport, St. Louis, Mo. Program details and on-line registration are available at www.farmfoundation.org. This conference is a follow-up to the June 2004 conference, Agriculture As A Consumer and Producer of Energy, a summary of which is also posted on the Web site.

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