Conference Program

Click on the links below to view pdfs of the PowerPoint presentations.

8:00 AM
Registration check-in
8:30 AM
Call to order by Pete Nowak, Academic Programs Chair, Nelson Institute
8:35 AM
Welcome by Lewis Gilbert, Associate Director, Nelson Institute
8:40 AM
Opening remarks by Judy Ziewacz, Executive Director, Wisconsin Office of Energy Independence
9:00 AM
Plenary Address: Craig Cox, Executive Director, Soil and Water Conservation Society – "Energy, Water, and the Environment: The Conservation Imperative in Agricultural Landscapes"
9:40 AM
Break in Exhibit Hall
10:10 AM
Rod Nilsestuen, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection - " Issues Facing the Working Lands of Wisconsin"
10:50 AM
Concurrent Sessions

  1. Dust Clouds on the Horizon: How to Avoid the Soil-for-Oil Trade-Off (Dan Cotter, District Conservationist, Lafayette County; Patrick Murphy, State Resource Conservationist; and Judy Derricks, State Agronomist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service)
  2. Water Quality Implications of Corn Ethanol (Jim Baumann, Bureau Director Special Assistant, Watershed Management, DNR)
  3. Community-Scale Bio-Energy Projects (Lisa MacKinnon, 1000 Friends of Wisconsin; Jamie Derr, Great Lakes Biofuels)
  4. Cellulosic Ethanol: The Way Forward (Tom Jeffries, Forest Products Laboratory
Noon
Lunch: Keynote Address. UW-Madison Professor Jon Foley, "Living on a Shrinking Planet: Challenges and Opportunities for a Sustainable Future"; (Lunch is complimentary)
1:10 PM
Concurrent Sessions

  1. Dust Clouds on the Horizon: How to Avoid the Soil-for-Oil Trade-Off (Dan Cotter, District Conservationist, Lafayette County; Patrick Murphy, State Resource Conservationist; and Judy Derricks, State Agronomist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service)
  2. Water Quality Implications of Corn Ethanol (Jim Baumann, Bureau Director Special Assistant, Watershed Management, DNR)
  3. Switch Grass as a Fossil Fuel Supplement (Kim Zuhlke, Vice President of New Energy Resources, Alliant Energy)
  4. Keeping Our Working Lands at Work: The Promise of Biofuels (Gary Radloff, Director of Policy and Strategic Communications, DATCP; Matt Johnston, Ph.D. candidate, land resources/energy analysis and policy, Nelson Institute, UW-Madison; Brett Hulsey, President, Better Environmental Solutions)
2:10 PM
Break in Exhibit Hall
2:30 PM
Panel on Sustaining the Wisconsin Landscape: Biofuels Challenges and Opportunities, Moderator: Steve Born (emeritus professor, urban and regional planning and environmental studies, UW-Madison)

Rep. Eugene Hahn, Chair, Assembly Committee on Biofuels and Sustainable Energy
Todd Ambs, Water Division Administrator, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Nino Amato, Government Relations and Policy Development Specialist, Wisconsin Farmers Union
Steve Hiniker, Executive Director, 1000 Friends of Wisconsin
Randy Cortright, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President, Virent Energy Systems, Inc.
4:00 PM
Adjourn