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2007 AgSTAR National Conference

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November 27-28, 2007
Sacramento Convention Center
Sacramento, California

Proceedings

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

8:30 AM

Welcome and Opening Comments (9 pp, 212K)
Kurt Roos, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency AgSTAR Program, Washington, DC

8:45 AM

Keynote Address—The Role of Biogas from Livestock Manure in the BioEnergy Action Plan for California (27 pp, 556K)
Susan J. Brown, Special Advisor to Vice Chair James D. Boyd, California Energy Commission, Sacramento, CA

9:15 AM

Status of Anaerobic Digestion in the U.S. Livestock Industry (10 pp, 1.2MB)
Chris Voell, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency AgSTAR Program, Washington, DC

9:30 AM

Anaerobic Digestion Implementation Issues (18 pp, 150K)
Susan Tikalsky, Resource Strategies, Inc., Madison, WI

10:30 AM

Challenges to Biogas Production and Use on California's Dairy Farms (26 pp, 800K)
Michael Marsh, Western United Dairymen, Sacramento, CA

11:00 AM

Standards for Trading Carbon Credits from Anaerobic Digesters (16 pp, 210K)
The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Model Rule-Avoided Methane Emissions from Agricultural Manure Management Offset
Ron Rausch, New York State Soil and Water Conservation Committee, New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, Albany, NY

11:30 AM

Standards for Trading Carbon Credits from Anaerobic Digesters
A Panel Discussion of Carbon Credit Trading
Jim Jensen, Environmental Credit Corporation, State College, PA
Matthew Wessels, The Carbon Solutions Group, Chicago, IL (7 pp, 55K)
Andy Dvoracek, EcoSecurities, New York, NY (16 pp, 267K)

1:15 PM

Financing Manurial Biogas Projects

Update on the Farm Bill Grant and Guaranteed Loan Programs
Chris Cassidy, USDA Rural Development, Washington, DC

A Bank Perspective (17 pp, 99K)
Sam Miller, M&I Bank, Appleton, WI

Livestock Producer Perspective (28 pp, 1.2MB)
Connie Patterson, Patterson Farms, Auburn, NY

An Investment Banking Perspective (8 pp, 61K)
Tina Neal, Ferris Baker Watts, Inc., Richmond, VA

2:35 PM

Feasibility Study of a Co-Substrate Renewable Energy Facility in Western New York and Overview of Co-digestion Permitting in CA and WI (25 pp, 250K)
Brandon Moffatt, Conestoga-Rovers & Associates, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

3:30 PM

Biogas to Energy

Upgrading Biogas to Pipeline Quality (29 pp, 1.1MB)
Norma McDonald, Phase 3 Developments and Investments, LLC and Questair Technologies, Cincinnati, OH

An Overview of Biogas Engine Options for Generating Electricity (8 pp, 159K)
Marcus Martin, Martin Machinery, Latham, MO

Micro-Aeration for Sulfide Removal in Anaerobic Treatment of High-Solid Wastewater (17 pp, 253K)
Thanapong (Jack) Duangmanee, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

4:30 PM

Conducting a Hazard Evaluation and Developing a Safety Assessment Protocol for Farm Anaerobic Digesters and Manure and Biogas Handling Systems (37 pp, 1.2MB)
Nellie J. Brown, Director, Workplace Health and Safety Program, Cornell University, Buffalo, NY

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

8:30 AM

Anaerobic Digester Operators' Experiences
Carl Morris, Joseph Farms, Atwater, CA (23 pp, 2.9MB)
Ted Mathews, E3 Biofuels, Mead, NE (20 pp, 617K)
Dennis Haubenschild, Haubenschild Farms, Princeton, MN (29 pp, 1.3MB)
Roy Sharp, Sharp Livestock and Energy, Tulare, CA (13 pp, 538K)

10:30 AM

Vermont's Experience with the Adoption of Anaerobic Digesters (11 pp, 1MB)
Dan Scruton, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, VT

11:00 AM

Evaluation of Performance of a Covered Anaerobic Lagoon for Flushed Dairy Manure—A Case Study (18 pp, 46K)
John H. Martin, Jr., Ph.D., Hall Associates, Georgetown, DE

11:30 AM

Closing Remarks
Chris Voell, U.S. EPA AgSTAR Program

11:40 AM

Background for Digester Tour
Deanne Meyer, Ph.D, Department of Animal Science, University of California-Davis, Davis, CA

12:00 PM

Adjournment

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