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2006 AgSTAR National Conference

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April 24-26, 2006
Madison Concourse Hotel
Madison, Wisconsin

Proceedings

Monday, April 24, 2006

7:30 PM

Opening Remarks
Kurt Roos, AgSTAR Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

7:35 PM

Public-Private Partnership to Advance the Recovery and Use of Methane as a Clean Energy Source (19 pp, 469K)
Kurt Roos, AgSTAR Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

8:00 PM

Livestock Waste Management Opportunities in S.E. Asia – M2M and World Bank Collaborative Project (16 pp, 1MB)
Kurt Roos, AgSTAR Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

8:20 PM

Methane to Markets Mexico - Program Overview (16 pp, 650K)
Miguel Franco, PA Consulting

8:45 PM

Open Discussion

9:15 PM

Adjourn

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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

7:30 AM

Registration and Morning Refreshments

8:30 AM

Welcome and Opening Comments
Kurt Roos, AgSTAR Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

8:45 AM

Rural Development and Renewable Energy
Thomas C. Dorr, Under Secretary for Rural Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture

9:15 AM

Carbon Markets

10:00 AM

Break

10:30 AM

Utility Programs

11:30 AM

Project Planning

Energy Audits and Feasibility Studies (26 pp, 228K)
David Ludington, President, DLtech, Inc.

12:00 Noon

Lunch and Speaker

The Agricultural Sector and Air Quality (25 pp, 1.7MB)
Sally Shaver, Associate Counselor for Agricultural Policy,
Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

1:30 PM

Biogas Utilization Options and Issues

2:30 PM

Centralized Manurial Biogas Production—Dealing with the Unanticipated

3:15 PM

Break

3:45 PM

Building Manurial Biogas Systems—Developers Experience in Avoiding Construction and Operating Pitfalls

4:45 PM

Operation and Maintenance of Digester Systems – Operators' Perspectives

  • Vir-Clar Farms (12 pp, 2.9MB) Gary Boyke, Vir-Clar Farms, Fond du Lac, WI
  • Deere Ridge Dairy, Gordondale Farms (34 pp, 3.5MB) Gale Gordon, Gordondale Farms, Nelsonville, WI
  • Guy Selsmeyer, Green Valley Dairy, Krakow, WI (no electronic presentation available)
5:30–7:30 PM

Reception

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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

7:30 AM

Morning Refreshments

8:30 AM

European Digester Technology (98 pp, 4.7MB)
Curt Gooch, Senior Extension Associate, Cornell University

8:55 AM

Comparison of the Performance of Two Plug Flow Digesters for Dairy Cattle Manure (17 pp, 1MB)
John H. Martin, Principal, Hall Associates

9:20 AM

Biogas Production on Wisconsin Farms—An Overview of Activities (35 pp, 6.9MB)
Larry Krom, Business Sector Manager, Wisconsin Focus on Energy

9:40 AM

A Protocol for Quantifying and Reporting the Performance of Anaerobic Digestion Systems for Livestock Producers (14 pp, 34K)
John H. Martin, Principal, Hall Associates

10:00 AM

Break

10:30 AM

Resources Available from AgSTAR

  • AgSTAR Products and Update Overview of EPA's Methane to Markets Partnership
    Kurt Roos, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Introduction to FarmWare v.3.0 (6 pp, 40K)
    John Crenshaw, Eastern Research Group
11:20 AM

Background for Farm Tour (12 pp, 3.56MB)
Larry Krom, Business Sector Manager, Wisconsin Focus on Energy

11:30 AM

Questions and Closure

11:45 AM

Adjourn

12:00-6:30 PM

Tour

Vir Clar Farm (Biogas Nord System)
Fond du Lac, WI

Lake Breeze Farm (GHD System)
Malone, WI

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