Wednesday, June 24, 2009


9:00 AM

The Business of Biofuels: Perspectives from the Investment Community and Industry (Panel Discussion)

Moderator, Pat Atkins, Pegasus Capital Advisors


  • Ruth Scotti, BP Biofuels, North America

  • Paul Batcheller, PrairieGold Venture Partners

  • Bruce Babcock, Iowa State University

10: 00 AM

Questions and Discussion

10:30 AM


10:45 AM

Research for Decision Makers (Panel Discussion)

Moderator: Elisabeth Graffy, U.S. Geological Survey

What are some examples of federal research relevant to sustainability in the Upper Midwest? Additional examples of relevant research related to sustainability and biofuels in the region?


  • Jeffery Steiner, U.S. Department of Agriculture

  • Alison Goss Eng, U.S. Department of Energy, Biomass Program

  • Alisa Gallant U.S. Geological Survey

  • Theresa Selfa, Kansas State University

11:45 AM

Questions and Discussion

12:00 PM


1:00 PM

Tools to Inform Policy Choices (Panel Discussion)

Moderator: Jason Hill, University of Minnesota

What tools are available to inform policy choices? What are the strengths and weaknesses of existing tools?


  • Marilyn Buford, U.S. Forest Service

  • Alan Hecht, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

  • Greg Nemet, University of Wisconsin

  • Nathanael Greene, NRDC

2:00 PM

Breakout Session: State Policy Objectives and Research Needs: Going Forward

Each breakout group of participants will be asked to answer the set of questions below based on their expertise and information presented during the workshop’s earlier sessions.


  • Is there a need for new state/federal policies?

  • What is the most pressing type of additional research needed by state decision makers?

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