Charles H. Bronson, Commissioner

2010 Farm to Fuel® Summit Agenda

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Tentative Agenda (as of 7/16/10)




Wednesday August 11



10:00 AM


7:00 PM



Summit Registration



1:00 PM


 4:30 PM



Workshop – “Business Case for Biofuels”


In Partnership with the Florida Biofuels Association


Moderator – Jeremy Susac, Executive Director, Florida Biofuels Association, Inc.


Reducing Barriers to New Market Entry - Alex Domijan, Ph.D.

Chairman, Florida Biofuels Association, Inc., and Professor and Director, Power Center for Utility Explorations, University of South Florida, Department of Electrical Engineering


Permitting - Martin Costello, P.E., Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Air Monitoring and Mobile Sources


Current Permitting Regulatory Structure and Future Improvements - Frank E. Matthews, Shareholder, Hopping Green & Sams, P.A.


Conversion of Municipal Waste Materials for Production of Biofuels – Paul L. Hauck, P.E., CDM


Large Industrial User in Florida: Justin Sobol, Manager of Renewable Project Development, Florida Power & Light Company




Project Finance – Barry A. Weiss, Shareholder, Greenberg, Traurig, LLP


State Economic Incentives - Joel Gunter, Project Manager, Enterprise Florida, Inc.


Florida Opportunity Fund - Kelley L. Smith, Chief Analyst & Grant Manager, Florida Energy & Climate Commission, Executive Office of the Governor



Workshop – “Woody Biomass Utilization”


In Partnership with the Florida Forestry Association


Moderator – Jeff Doran, Executive Vice President, Florida Forestry Association


Economic and Forest Sustainability Impacts of Expanded Woody Biomass Utilization for Electric Power in Florida

  • Alan W. Hodges, PhD, Extension Scientist, University of Florida, Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences, Food & Resource Economics Department
  • Jarek Nowak, Forest Utilization Specialist, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Forestry




Fuel Sustainability and Economic Impact of Biomass Power Generation in Florida – Albert Morales, Chief Financial Officer, American Renewables, LLC


25x’25 Wood Workgroup (invited)


American Forest & Paper Association (invited)


5:30 PM


7:00 PM


Welcome Reception /Trade Show



Thursday  August 12



7:00 AM


 5:00 PM



Summit Registration



7:00 AM


8:00 AM



Continental Breakfast / Trade Show
















Call to Order - Jay Levenstein, Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture


Opening Remarks - Honorable Charles H. Bronson, Commissioner of Agriculture


Keynote Speaker -  Michael T. Scuse, Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, USDA


Panel -  Federal Energy Programs


William F. Hagy, III, Special Assistant – Director for Alternative Energy Policy, U.S. Department of Agriculture


Zia Haq, Senior Analyst, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the Biomass Program



10:00 AM



Refreshment Break / Trade Show



10:30 AM



Panel Discussion -


Integrating Renewables into Florida’s Energy Mix


Moderator TBA


Barry Moline, Executive Director, Florida Municipal Electric Association


Marathon Petroleum Company LLC – Speaker TBA


Jim Lelio, National Biofuels Manager, Kinder Morgan Pipelines


Andrew Greenberg, Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Protec Fuel Management, LLC



12:00 PM


1:30 PM



Lunch / Trade Show


1:30 PM


Panel Discussion –


Cellulosic Ethanol Feedstocks


Moderator – TBA


Perennial Grasses as Potential Biofuel Feedstocks for Florida – Lynn E. Sollenberger, Professor of Agronomy, University of Florida


Sweet Sorghum as a Potential Biofuel Feedstock for Florida – John Erickson, Assistant Professor of Agronomy, University of Florida


Stan Mayfield Biorefinery Pilot Plant - Lonnie Ingram, Distinguished Professor, 

Director, Florida Center for Renewable Chemicals and Fuels, Department of Microbiology and Cell Science, University of Florida 


Direct to Ethanol®: Production of Ethanol from Algae – Ed Legere, Executive Vice President, Algenol Biofuels



Panel Discussion –


On-Farm Energy Solutions


Moderator – Andrew T. Walmsley,

Assistant Director, Agricultural Policy Division, Florida Farm Bureau Federation


Renewable Feedstock Farming in Florida – Bill Vasden, Jr., President, USCJO, Inc.


Farm Based Electric Power Generation:  Where Do We Go From Here? – G.B. Crawford, Assistant Editor, FloridAgriculture Magazine, Florida Farm Bureau


On Farm Energy Options - Clay Olson, Taylor County Extension Director, University of Florida


Tennessee’s Biofuels Initiative and Biomass Supply Cooperative - Louis E. Buck, PE., Feedstock  Commercialization Manager, Genera Energy LLC



3:00 PM


Refreshment Break / Trade Show



3:30 PM


Panel Discussion –


Biodiesel Feedstocks


Moderator – TBA


Preliminary Assessment of Jatropha curcas for Biofuel Production in Florida - Wagner A. Vendrame, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Horticulture, Tropical Research and Education Center, IFAS, University of Florida


Why Jatropha?  An Overview of the Crop and its Potential in the Renewable Energy Field – Teri Gevinson, Founder and CEO, Ag-Oil


Oilseed Radish – A Cool Season Cover Crop with Biofuel Potential – Daniel P. Geller, Faculty Engineer, Engineering Outreach, Driftmier Engineering Center, University of Georgia


Biodiesel Feedstock Oil from Sunflower Grown as Rotation Crop – Dr. Randall von Wedel, Principal Biochemist, BioSolar Group/CytoCulture International, Inc.



Panel Discussion –


Woody Biomass Feedstocks for Electricity Production


Moderator – Jim Karels, Director, Division of Forestry, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services


Wood and Wood Residues: Feedstock for Bioenergy – Claude Yearwood, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, The Price Companies


Miscanthus Potential as an Energy Crop – Jeff Klingenberg, Ph.D., Sr. Manager-Breeding Lead, Mendel BioEnergy Seeds


Eucalyptus grandis Cultivars for Energywood Production in Florida – Donald Rockwood, Professor Emeritus, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida


Feasibility of Forest Understory Biomass for Bioenergy in NW Florida – Forest Utilization Specialist, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Forestry



5:00 PM


6:00 PM



Networking Reception / Trade Show



Friday August 13



7:00 AM


10:00 AM






7:00 AM


9:00 AM



Breakfast / Trade Show



9:00 AM


Panel Discussion –


Public Policy


Moderator – TBA


Climate Change and Energy – National and Southeast Regional Perspectives – Kenneth L. Mitchell, Ph.D., Senior Climate Change Advisor, U.S. EPA Region 4


Advancing Florida’s Biofuels Industry with Enduring Government Policy and Innovation – Loula Merkel, Manager of Government Affairs, Coskata, Inc.


Greenhouse Gas Considerations for Biopower and Biofuel Facilities – Angela Morrison Uhland, Attorney, Hopping Green & Sams, P.A.




Panel Discussion –


Drop-in Replacement Fuels


Moderator – Matthew Curran, Chief, Bureau of Petroleum Inspection, Division of Standards, Florida Department of Agriculture

and Consumer Services


A Review of Cellulosic Hydrocarbon, Drop-in Replacement and Infrastructure Compatible Fuel Technologies – Dr. David Bransby, Professor of Energy Crops and Bioenergy, Auburn University


Making Renewable Fuels and Creating Green Jobs – Bill Haywood, Chief Executive Officer and President, LS9, Inc.


Transforming Sunlight into Fuel and Food for the World – Harold Gubnitsky, Executive Vice President, PetroAlgae



10:30 AM


Coffee Break



11:00 AM


Closing Session


Glen Andersen, Energy Policy Analyst, National Conference of State Legislatures


Ontario, Canada Speaker TBA



12:00 PM



Wrap-up and Adjourn - Commissioner Charles H. Bronson