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Navigating the Biogas Maze:
Learning from Leaders
April 7, 2014 - San Diego, CA
8:45 AM — 4:30 PM

Cow Power: The Film Screening
April 7, 2014 - San Diego, CA
4:30 PM — 5:30 PM

AgSTAR would like to thank the Workshop Sponsors.
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Navigating the Biogas Maze: Learning from the Leaders included four sessions where experts in the biogas field discussed their experiences and insights on factors that lead to successful biogas projects.

Photo: Sandra Schubert

Keynote Speaker — Sandra Schubert

Sandra Schubert, Undersecretary, California Department of Food & Agriculture, provided the keynote address for the AgSTAR 2014 National Workshop.

8:45 AM — 10:00 AM

Moderator: Allison Costa, U.S. EPA AgSTAR

Leading Indicators — How To Measure Success

Criteria for a successful anaerobic digestion (AD) project in the livestock industry and recent trends.

Panel 1
10:00 AM — 11:15 AM

Moderator: Jason Turgeon, U.S. EPA Region 1

Leading States

State-level working groups, each with different charters and approaches, discuss promotion of AD.


Panel 2
11:30 AM — 12:30 PM

Moderator: Nora Goldstein, BioCycle

Leading Marketers

Effective marketing channels to highlight organizations and forms of media that reach livestock producers and promote AD.


Panel 3
1:30 PM — 2:45 PM

Moderator: Dana Kirk, Michigan State University

Leading Producers

Learn first-hand about the development and operating experiences of producers who have successfully implemented AD systems.


Panel 4
2:45 PM — 4:00 PM

Moderator: Douglas Ross, Green Ground Law pllc

Leading Policies

How and why state and federal policies, incentives and programs have advanced adoption of AD by livestock producers.


Workshop Wrap-Up
4:00 PM — 4:30 PM

Moderator: Allison Costa, U.S. EPA AgSTAR

Leading Actions

Highlights of workshop panel discussions and perspectives shared, as well as actions to advance successful AD projects in the livestock industry.

4:30 PM — 5:30 PM

Moderator: David Dunn, Green Mountain Power Cow Power

Cow Power: The Film

Sometimes unique solutions can come from unusual places — including cows. After hearing how Vermont dairy farmers were transforming cow poop into electricity to power their farms and hundreds of local homes and businesses, Vermont native and Emerson College graduate Allison Gillette knew the story needed to be shared. With the help of fellow students, Ms. Gillette produced the feature-length documentary film, Cow Power, which tells the story behind an innovative collaboration that has helped save some family farms in Vermont and deliver valuable environmental and economic benefits to the community.

You can watch the film preview here: http://cowpowerfilm.com/Exit EPA Disclaimer

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