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.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â 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:
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¢Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Harvesting the Sun -Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â presented by Art Weaver, owner of Renovus Energy, a successful solar and wind energy business located in Ithaca, NY.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¢Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â 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.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¢Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Introduction to Grass Biofuels – presented by Jerry Cherney, Professor of Agriculture, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¢Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â On Farm Biofuel Production -Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â presented by John Williamson, State Line Farm, Shaftsbury, Vermont.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â John has been growing sweet sorghum and sugar beets in order to distill his own ethanol.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â He has also learned how to make lye from wood ash.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¢Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â 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.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â There is a discount rate for current students/4-H/FFA/College of $10.
Pre-registration is required by Friday, October 17th, 2008.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â To obtain a registration form, contact Karen Meyers at (315) 963-7286, ext. 201 or email [email protected]Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â For additional information, contact JJ Schell at [email protected] (315) 963-7286, ext. 200.