Bioenergy Experts From More Than 40 Countries Meet
at International Conference By
Kim Kaplan August
WASHINGTON, Aug. 20Scientists, economists and policy
experts representing government and public institutions from more than 40
countries are meeting at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA)
Conference on Agricultural Biofuels: Research and Economics in Minneapolis,
Minn., August 20-21, to exchange the latest information on economic and
technological opportunities in bioenergy.
Several USDA agenciesthe Agricultural Research Service, the
Foreign Agricultural Service, and
Rural Developmentand the
University of Minnesota
are sponsoring the conference.
"Our goal in this conference, where we have brought together key
experts and decision-makers from biofuel producing and consuming countries, is
to gain perspective on the next steps in biofuel development and to improve
opportunities for future collaboration, especially in the area of research,"
said USDA Under Secretary for Research,
Education and Economics
Buchanan, who opened the conference.
"Expanding America's renewable energy sources will have far-reaching
economic opportunities for rural and agricultural communities," said USDA Under
Secretary for Rural Development
Thomas C. Dorr, who is
also chairman of the USDA Energy Council. "USDA is committed to the development
and financing of new energy sources and energy efficiencies that support
President Bush's goal of greater energy independence."
"As global markets for biofuels continue to grow in importance, our
goal is to bring together key international technical experts from government
and public institutions to raise issues, exchange information, share best
practices and provide a global platform to highlight and promote agricultural
biofuels," said Foreign Agricultural Service Administrator Michael Yost.
Countries from a diverse range of developed and developing economies
are participating in the conference, including Japan, India, Kenya, Russia,
Dominican Republic, the United Kingdom, the People's Republic of China, Norway
Other speakers at the conference include Steve E. Koonin, chief
Petroleum; Richard Flavell, chief scientific officer,
Ceres, Inc., United States; Kepler
Euclides Filho, executive director of the Bioenergy Program of
Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa
Agropecuária, Brazil; and Yue Guojun, assistant president of
COFCO, Ltd., in the People's Republic of
For more information about the conference, see