REFOR13 Renewable Energy from Organics Recycling Conference


April 7, 8, 9, 10, 2014 • San Diego, California • Town & Country Resort

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Agenda: Monday AgSTAR 2014 National Workshop | Tuesday & Wednesday Sessions | Thursday Site Tours
Keynote Speakers | American Biogas Council Events

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AgSTAR Workshop

How do I register for the AgSTAR 2014 National Workshop?

This year's collaboration with BioCycle offers attendees the option to register for BIOCYCLE REFOR14 WEST at the same time as you register for the AgSTAR 2014 National Workshop. BIOCYCLE REFOR14 WEST features a full exhibit hall, two days of conference sessions on April 8 and 9, optional site tours, and dedicated networking time. This gives AgSTAR 2014 National Workshop attendees a unique opportunity to gain greater knowledge of trends across multiple biogas sectors and new ideas and tools for maximizing the returns from biogas recovery projects.

AgSTAR 2014
National Workshop

Monday, April 7, 2014

Updated 4.01

Navigating The Biogas Maze:
Learning From The Leaders

One-day event will focus on biogas recovery from livestock waste management operations.
Location: Town & Country Resort

8:45AM – 4:30 PM
Workshop desk will open at 7:45 AM for check-in

This Workshop has no registration fee — preregistration is requested.
There is an option to attend the Workshop and include lunch for the price of $25.

Keynote Speaker


Sandra Schubert

California Department of Food & Agriculture


8:45 AM — 9:00 AM
Welcome and Introduction
9:00 AM — 9:30 AM
AgSTAR Workshop Keynote: Navigating The Biogas Maze
    Sandra Schubert, Undersecretary, California, Department Of Food & Agriculture
9:30 AM — 10:00 AM
Leading Indicators/How To Measure Success
Moderator: Allison Costa, U.S. EPA AgSTAR   Criteria for a successful AD project in the livestock industry
    Project Developer Perspectives
Bob Joblin, Principal, AgPower GroupFinancing Perspectives
Damon Yuzon, Wastewater Capital Management
10:00 AM — 11:15 AM
Panel 1  
Leading States
Moderator: Jason Turgeon, U.S. EPA Region 1   State-level working groups, each with different charters and approaches, discuss promotion of anaerobic digestion


Sandra Schubert, California Department of Food & Agriculture

Amanda Mott, Wisconsin State Energy Office

Joe Francis, Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality

Jiqin Ni, Purdue University

11:15 AM — 11:30 AM
Networking Break
11:30 AM — 12:30 PM
Panel 2  
Leading Marketers
Moderator: Nora Goldstein, BioCycle   Effective marketing channels to highlight organizations and forms of media that reach livestock producers and promote AD


Jerry Bingold, Innovation Center for US Dairy

Margaret Land, Manure Manager

Karen Lee, Progressive Dairyman

David Dunn, Green Mountain Power Cow Power

12:30 PM — 1:30 PM
Networking Lunch
1:30 PM — 2:45 PM
Panel 3  
Leading Farmers And Processors
Moderator: Dana Kirk, Michigan State University   Learn first-hand about development and operating experiences of producers who have successfully implemented AD systems


Jon Van Nieuwenhuyzen, Qualco Energy

Kenneth Weaver, Joseph Gallo Farms

Brian Langolf, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Farms

Mark McAfee, Organic Pastures Dairy Company

2:45 PM — 4:00 PM
Panel 4  
Leading Policies And Activities
Moderator: Douglas Ross, Green Ground Law, pllc/American Biogas Council   How and why state and federal policies, incentives and programs have advanced adoption of AD by livestock producers


David Babson, AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, U.S. EPA Transportation and Climate Division

Dan Weller, California Air Resources Board

Zoe Neale, Mass Organics Solutions,

David Dunn, Green Mountain Power Cow Power

4:00 PM — 4:30 PM
Workshop Takeaways  
Navigating The Biogas Maze
Moderator: Allison Costa, U.S. EPA AgSTAR   Highlights of workshop panel discussions and perspectives shared, and actions to advance successful AD projects in the livestock industry.
    Bill Dunbar, U.S. EPA Region 10
4:30 PM — 5:30 PM
Special Screening  
Cow Power: The Film
    After hearing how Vermont dairy farmers were transforming cow manure into electricity to power their farms and hundreds of local homes and businesses, Vermont native Allison Gillette produced the feature-length documentary film, Cow Power. The film tells the story behind an innovative collaboration that has helped save family farms in Vermont and deliver valuable environmental and economic benefits to the community. Cookies and milk refreshments sponsored by DVO, Inc.