Midwest Farm Energy Conference


The Midwest Farm Energy Conference will begin on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 with registration at noon.  Afternoon sessions include informative presentations on renewable energy initiatives for Midwest dairies, as well as a tour of the WCROC dairy facilities.  The conference will continue on Wednesday, June 14 with an emphasis on renewable energy technologies for swine production.  Registration options include a full conference rate, single-day rate, and/or student rate, as well as the option to attend the keynote dinner only.  The conference will be held at the West Central Research and Outreach Center, Morris.  

Tuesday, June 13

12:00 PM   Registration

1:00 PM   Welcome & Kickoff Speaker

1:20 PM   MN and WCROC Dairy Farm Energy Consumption

    • Brad Heins, Associate Professor, Dairy Science, WCROC

1:50 PM   Net-Zero Energy Dairy: Optimizing Energy Production and Use

    • Eric Buchanan, Renewable Energy Scientist, WCROC

2:20 PM   Dairy Energy Life Cycle Assessment

    • Joel Tallaksen, Renewable Energy Scientist, WCROC

2:50 PM   Utilizing Dairy Wastewater for Sustainable Production of Energy, Feed, and Food

    • Rob Gardner, Assistant Professor, Renewable Energy, WCROC

3:20 PM   Break

3:50 PM   Tour of Dairy Energy Systems

5:30 PM   Networking & Social Hour (held at Old No. 1, Southside)

6:30 PM  Dinner and Keynote Speakers (Meal provided as part of paid Registration)

    • Dean Brian Buhr, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, U of MN
    • President Barry Dunn, South Dakota State University
    • Mark Greenwood, Sr. Vice President, Relationship Management at AgStar Financial Services 

Wednesday, June 14

7:00 AM   Registration

7:30 AM   Light Breakfast at the WCROC

8:00 AM   Welcome

8:10 AM   Swine Industry Panel: Industry Perspectives on Swine Energy Systems

    • Dr. Michael Brumm, Independent Swine Industry Consultant
    • Jeff Haase, Runestone Electric Association

9:00 AM   Energy Conservation in Livestock & Swine Production

    • Jay Harmon, Iowa State University

9:40 AM   Break

10:00 AM   Research Panel: Energy Consumption in Commercial Swine Facilities, and Reducing Fossil Fuel Use in Swine Systems

    • Kirsten Sharpe, Researcher, WCROC
    • Lee Johnston, Professor of Swine Nutrition and Management, WCROC

11:00 AM   Application Panel: Financing, Economics, and Case Studies

    • Fritz Ebinger, Clean Energy Resource Teams
    • Mike Reese, Director of Renewable Energy, WCROC

12:00 PM   Lunch in the Horticulture Display Garden, WCROC

1:00 PM   Tour of Swine Energy Systems*

*Tour participants are expected to abide by WCROC biosecurity protocols and be away from pigs for 48 hours prior to the conference.  If participants cannot abide by these guidelines, they will not go on the swine tour. Protocols include signing-in, and wearing disposable boots and coveralls.  

2:30 PM  Conference Wrap-Up