RENEWABLE FUEL ON FARM: CANOLA, BIODIESEL, CORN.

Monday & Tuesday, December 3 & 4, 2007
Ramada Inn, Odlin Road, Bangor, Maine
Cost:  $15

MONDAY, DECEMBER 3

9:30 a.m.  Registration and Coffee
 
9:55 a.m. Welcome and Introduction

10:00 a.m. A Review of Potential for Biofuel Crops in Maine
Peter Sexton, Crops Specialist, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
 
10:15 a.m. Canola Production Practices in the Midwest
 Paul Porter, Cropping Systems Agronomist, University of Minnesota

11:00 a.m. Studies on Canola Agronomy in Maine and Vermont
Peter Sexton, Crops Specialist, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Heather Darby, Field and Forage Crop Specialist, University  of Vermont Extension
Greg Porter, Professor of Agronomy, University of Maine

11:20 a.m. Pest Problems Observed with Canola In Maine
Jim Dwyer, Crops Specialist, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

11:40 a.m. Basics of Sunflower Production
 Paul Porter, Cropping Systems Agronomist, University of Minnesota

12:00 p.m. LUNCH  (On Your Own)

1:15 p.m. On-Farm Processing of Oilseeds for Fuel and Feed in Wisconsin: I
Kim Odden, Indianhead Technical College, Rice Lake, Wisconsin

2:30 p.m.    BREAK

2:50 pm.   On-Farm Processing of Oilseeds for Fuel and Feed in Wisconsin: II
Kim Odden, Indianhead Technical College, Rice Lake, Wisconsin

3:30 p.m.   On-Farm Processing of Oilseeds in Vermont and New Hampshire
 Vern Grubinger, University of Vermont Extension

4:00 p.m.   Nutritional Value of Canola and Sunflower Meal in Dairy Rations
 Gary Anderson, Dairy Specialist, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

4:30 p.m.    Market Trends for Canola – A View of the Global Market
Jim Johnson, Monsanto, Fargo, North Dakota

EVENING PROGRAM:

Open-forum discussion of canola production and utilization.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4:

8:15 a.m.  Welcome and Introduction – Day 2

8:20 a.m.  Basics of Corn Production
Rick Kersbergen, Extension Educator, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

8:20 a.m.  Corn Storage and Use of High Moisture Corn
Rick Kersbergen, Extension Educator, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
 
9:00 a.m.  Use of Corn and Small Grains for Fuel
Dennis Buffington, Department of Agriculture and Biological Engineering, Penn State University

9:15 a.m.  BREAK

10:10 a.m.   Improving On-Farm Energy Efficiency
Dennis Buffington, Department of Agriculture and Biological Engineering, Penn State University

11:00 a.m.   Potential Grant Support for Funding of On-Farm Processing  Equipment
Sue Jones, Community Energy Partners, Freeport, Maine.

11:30 a.m.  Questions and Comments – Open Discussion Period
 
Sponsors:  Aroostook County Extension Association, University of Maine Cooperative Extension,
University of Vermont, Clean Air—Cool Planet, USDA/SARE Program

To reserve a room call the Ramada Inn 207-947-6961
Mention Group Code:  December 2 conference  to get the room rate of $80, block of rooms
will be held for this conference until Nov. 17

For more information contact:
Peter Sexton
Crops Specialist, Potato Program
University of Maine Cooperative Extension
PO Box 727, Presque Isle, ME   04769
phone: 207-764-3361