Ag Day 2009

K/PACEDC 2009 Ag Energy Day

See photos from 2009 Ag Energy Day, held March 11, 2009

March is Ag Recognition Month.
Kossuth / Palo Alto County Economic Development Corporation, along with the Ag Committee and area ag-related businesses, hosted an Ag Energy Day on Wednesday, March 11th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Wild Rose Casino in Emmetsburg.
This year’s theme was “Ag Energy On to the Next Level”. The event featured topics on ISU’s Bioeconomy Initiative, Iowa Energy Center’s cutting edge technologies, energy management in grain systems, USDA energy grant programs, fundamentals of siting a wind facility, and microwave technology as an alternative to traditional drying of distiller grains and other products. Guest speakers included Denny Harding, Business Services Administrator with Iowa Farm Bureau Federation; Norman Olson, Facility Director of Biomass Energy Conversion (BECON) Facility; Jim Sturdevant, Director, POET’s Project Liberty; Mark Kingland, Tech Support Lead Engineer for Alliant Energy; Teresa Bomhoff, Rural Energy Coordinator for USDA Rural Development; Dr. Bruce Wicking, President and CEO of Cellencor Corporation; Dr. Lawrence A. Johnson, Director of Center for Crops Utilization Research at Iowa State University and Ross Groffman, Project Director for NextEra™ Energy Resources, LLC, a Florida Power & Light Group Company.

Pictured left to right: Mark Kingland, Alliant Energy; Dr. Bruce Wicking, Cellencor Corp.;
Denny Harding, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation; Teresa Bomhoff, USDA Rural Development;
Dr. Lawrence Johnson, Center for Crops Utilization Research, ISU; Ross Groffman,
NextEra Energy Resources; Jim Sturdevant, POET Biorefining.
Absent from photo: Norman Olson, P.E., Biomass Energy Conversion Center (BECON)
- Iowa Energy Center.

Theresa Bomhoff
Rural Energy Coordinator
USDA Rural Development

Dr. Lawrence Johnson, Director
Center for Crops Utilization Research (CCUR)
Iowa State University

Dr. Bruce Wicking, President & CEO
Cellencor Corporation
Iowa State University Research Park

Norman Olson, P.E.
Facility Director, Iowa Energy Center
Biomass Energy Conversion (BECON) Facility

Jim Sturdevant
Director, Project Liberty

Denny Harding
Business Services Administrator
Iowa Farm Bureau Federation

Mark Kingland
Tech Support Lead Engineer
Alliant Energy

Ross Groffman, Project Director
NextEra Energy Resources, LLC
A Florida Light & Power Group Co.


Sponsors of the Event Include:
Ag Partners, LLC, Algona Municipal Utilities, Alliant Energy, Animal Medical Center, Bancroft Municipal Utility, Bank Plus, Cellencor Corporation, Elbert Chevrolet, Farm Credit Services, Farmers Cooperative Elevator-Ottosen, Farmers State Bank, Global Ag Investments, Global Ethanol, Gold-Eagle Cooperative, Global AG Investments, Global Ethanol, Humboldt County REC, Iowa Department of Economic Development, Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa Lakes Community College, Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative, Iowa Energy Center, Iowa State Bank, Iowa State University, Iowa Trust & Savings Bank, J.B. Mertz & Son, Inc., K & H Oil, Kerber Milling Company, Kossuth County Pork Producers, Kossuth/Palo Alto County Cattlemen’s Association, Kossuth/Palo Alto County Farm Bureau, Lakota/Armstrong Vet Clinic, MaxYield Cooperative, McGregor Accounting, MidAmerican Energy, NextEra Energy Resources, NorthStar Bank, Northwest Bank, Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., POET Biorefining, Rabo AgriFinance, State Bank of Ledyard, StateLine Cooperative, Suidae Health & Production, Tom Eischen Sales, USDA Rural Development, and West Bend International

Ag Day Sponsors

Contact Us

Maureen Elbert,
Executive Director
106 S. Dodge Street
Suite 210
Algona, IA  50511
Ph: 515-295-7979
Fax: 515-295-8873

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