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American-Made Bioenergy from Field to Refinery: Feedstock Logistics


Successful expansion of the bioeconomy is limited by the availability of affordable, sustainable, high-performance feedstock. Delivery of this valuable resource starts with production on the farm, where valuable innovations have maximized yield, improved harvest efficiencies, and enhanced biomass quality metrics. Still, the value points along the feedstock supply chain determine the market feasibility of the bioeconomy. This event convenes biofuel feedstock logistics, production, and economic experts from across the nation to talk about the supply chain logistics and a vision for the future.



8:00 AM - Coffee and muffins served - Introduction - Irene Xiarchos, USDA OCE OEPNU

8:15 AM - Biofuel Logistics Overview, Challenges and Opportunities - Moderator: Bill Goldner, USDA NIFA

8:25 AM - Regional Biofuel Feedstock Logistics - Moderator: Bill Goldner, USDA NIFA

  • The IBSS Partnership: Supply, Delivery, and Processing of Diverse Regional Biomass - Tim Rials, University of Tennessee
  • Innovations for Industrial-scale Feedstock Supply Systems - Kevin Comer, Antares Group, Inc.
  • Logistical Efficiency with Dedicated Energy Crops - Sam Jackson, Genera Q&A - 15 min.

9:30 AM - Optimizing Feedstock Supply, Contracts, Delivery and Demand - Moderator: Harry Baumes, USDA OCE

  • Description of the Distributed Model - Mark Elless, Department of Energy
  • Meeting the Realities of Corn Stover Supply Chain Operation- John Pieper, DuPont
  • Insights for Improved Participation in the Delivery of Corn Stover to Cellulosic Ethanol Plants - Keri Jacobs, Iowa State University
  • Farm-level Economics and Profit Opportunities - Jay Gunderson, Gunderson Farms, Iowa Q&A - 15 min.

10:45 AM - Options for Effective Policy - Francis Epplin, Oklahoma State University

Last updated: February 22, 2017


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