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Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 12:59:59

Western North Carolina Bioenergy Field Day

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
12:30 Registration
1:00-5:00 Educational Presentations and Demonstrations

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North Carolina State University
Mountain Horticultural Crops Research Station
74 Research Drive
Mills River, NC 28759

North Carolina State University and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services invite you to attend this event designed to provide a time for researchers to share the latest information of the work being conducted on energy crops in Western NC. Tours of research plots and processing equipment demonstrations will help growers, researchers, and private industry interests learn how we are working to meet the state’s renewable fuels and energy goals of the future.
The afternoon event will cover topics including the science of cellulosic fuel production, production of energy grasses, cultural management of bioenergy crops, high-oil crops and biodiesel production, sorghum production for biofuels, breeding efforts and genetic improvements of biomass crops. Speakers include NC State University researchers in Soil Science, Horticultural Science, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, and Forestry and Environmental Resources, and biofuel industry representatives. Field demonstrations will include small-scale gasification, oilseed crushing and biodiesel production, and sorghum harvest, squeezing, and distillation. The field day is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Ron Gehl by email or 828-684-3562 x129.

2013 Biofuels Field Day Program

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center
Mills River, NC

12:30 p.m.-- Registration

1:00 p.m.-- Welcome and Remarks

Jeff Chandler, Director, Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center, NC State Univ.

David Monks, Assistant Director, N.C. Agricultural Research Service, NCSU

Sandy Stewart, Research Stations Division Director, N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Ron Gehl, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Department of Soil Science, NCSU

1:30 – 4:00 p.m.-- Sequential Presentations
(Presentations are 15 minutes each with 5 minutes for rotation between stations 2 through 8.)

1. The Importance of High-Yielding Biomass Crops to Future Development in North Carolina.
Matt Harrod, Director, Agro Supply Chain Development, Chemtex International, Inc.

2. Using Biodiesel is Easy!
Woodrow Eaton, Blue Ridge Biofuels, LLC

3. High-Oil Crops/Biodiesel Production
Matt Veal*, Dept. of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, NCSU

4. Introduction to Perennial Grass Production and Management
Ron Gehl* and Reid Whitaker, Dept. of Soil Science, NCSU

5. The Farm to BioRefinery Continuum: Ethanol Production from Sorghum
Kevin Caffrey*, Matt Veal, and Mari Chinn, Dept. of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, NCSU

6A. Using Tissue Culture for Developing Non-Invasive Bioenergy Crops
Darren Touchell*, Tom Ranney, and Jeremy Smith, Dept. of Horticultural Sciences, NCSU

6B. Reinventing Seedless Giant Miscanthus
Darren Touchell*, Tom Ranney, Jeremy Smith, and Tom Eaker, Dept. of Horticultural Sciences, NCSU

7A. Elite Selections of Giant Reed for Sustainable Biomass Production
Tom Ranney*, Darren Touchell, Tom Eaker, and Jeremy Smith, Dept. of Horticultural Sciences, NCSU; Ron Gehl, Dept. of Soil Science, NCSU

7B. Developing Cold-Hardy Sugarcanes for North Carolina
Tom Ranney*, Darren Touchell, Jeremy Smith, and Tom Eaker, Dept. of Horticultural Sciences, NCSU

8. Value Added Products from Lignocellulose Biomass: Conversion and Challenges
Woochul Jung* and Ratna Sharma-Shivappa, Dept. of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, NCSU


4:00 - 5:00 PM-- Field Demonstrations

(Simultaneous demonstrations, field day attendees are free to float between demonstrations.)

1. Biodiesel Production – Demonstration of portable oilseed crusher and biodiesel processor. Matt Veal, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, NCSU

2. Sorghum Harvest, Squeezing, and Distillation – Demonstration of a small-scale sweet sorghum harvester, juice extraction, and distillation equipment. Michelle Mayer and Kevin Caffrey, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, NCSU

3. Biomass Gasification – Demonstration of a small-scale downdraft gasifier, which is a thermo-chemical fuel refinery used to convert the stored solar energy in dry, solid biomass to a gaseous, molecular-level fuel to operate an internal combustion engine. James Nowack, Sylva, NC

Note-- If you have a disability or desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the N.C. Agricultural Research Service at 919.515.2717 during business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to request accommodations.




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