Growing Farm Energy Alternatives

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On Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008 Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County is holding a workshop on utilizing emerging technologies to generate energy for farmers and landowners that promotes energy independence and ensures agricultural sustainability.  The one-day program will be held at the Mexico VFW Post #369 located on State Route 3 North in Mexico, NY from 9 AM to 3:30 PM.

A diverse group of speakers and topics include:

•    Harvesting the Sun -  presented by Art Weaver, owner of Renovus Energy, a successful solar and wind energy business located in Ithaca, NY.
•    Methane Digestion for Small Farm Operations – presented by Curt Gooch, Agricultural Engineer in the Dept. of Biological and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
•    Introduction to Grass Biofuels – presented by Jerry Cherney, Professor of Agriculture, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
•    On Farm Biofuel Production -  presented by John Williamson, State Line Farm, Shaftsbury, Vermont.  John has been growing sweet sorghum and sugar beets in order to distill his own ethanol.  He has also learned how to make lye from wood ash.
•    Wind Energy and Incentives – presented by Mark Mayhew, Project Manager, photovoltaics and wind, New York State Energy Research Development Authority, Albany, NY.

The workshop fee of $20 includes lunch.  There is a discount rate for current students/4-H/FFA/College of $10.

Pre-registration is required by Friday, October 17th, 2008.  To obtain a registration form, contact Karen Meyers at (315) 963-7286, ext. 201 or email [email protected]  For additional information, contact JJ Schell at [email protected] (315) 963-7286, ext. 200.