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Crowne Plaza Springfield
June 25-28, 2002
Springfield, Illinois
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18th Annual International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Trade Show

2002 FEW Final Agenda
Tuesday, June 25, 2002
7:30 - 8:30 AM Pre-Workshop Seminar: Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM Registration Desk Open
Open for General Registration
8:30 - 10:30 AM Special Pre-Workshop Seminar: Ethanol 101 and Points to Consider when Building and Ethanol Plant
This is a special opportunity to learn the basics of ethanol production, the ins and outs of ethanol plant operations, and important factors for building an ethanol plant. This seminar is important for those wanting to know more about the basics of ethanol production and those interested in building an ethanol plant.
  • Ethanol 101: Ethanol Production Process and Common Operational Issues

    A review of the basics of ethanol production, dry vs. wet milling, the full product line, product yields, common operation and maintenance issues, rules-of-thumb and more.
    Boyd Ruppelt, One Light Group

  • Options for Financing an Ethanol Plant: S Corp, C Corp, LLC, Co-ops

    Many projects begin with one intention and end up something completely different - a look at the pros and cons of various financing structures.
    David Swanson, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
    Bill Hanigan, Brown, Winick, Graves, Gross, et. al.
  • Points to Consider When Building an Ethanol Plant: Ethanol Plant Development Handbook
    As you prepare to develop an ethanol plant, some of the elements to consider are location, feedstock type and availability, water, utilities, infrastructure, freight, emissions, future planning and more.
    Mark Yancey, BBI International
10:30 - 11:00 AM Refreshment Break
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pre-Workshop Seminar: Continued
  • Start-up Requirements: Concept to Construction

    What is the reasoning behind your decision? Are you caught in a wave of enthusiasm or is it valid project? Steps needed to reach groundbreaking and what are common errors to avoid.
    Richard Hanson, Badger State Ethanol
  • Product Marketing: Ethanol, Distiller Dried Grains, Carbon Dioxide

    As more ethanol is produced, it is necessary to develop new markets for all products. What are the challenges that must be addressed?
    Jack Huggins, TJ3, Inc.
12:00 - 5:00 PM Trade Show Set-up
12:00 - 12:30 PM Pre-Workshop Seminar: Q&A
Additional Time for Questions and Answers
1:00 - 5:00 PM Ethanol Plant Tour
Williams Bio-Energy, Pekin, Illinois
(departure time for participants of PWS)
Box lunch will be served on the bus.
6:00 - 8:00 PM Grand Opening of the Trade Show and Welcoming Reception
Join us in the lower lobby of the Crowne Plaza Hotel for the official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Trade Show.
  • Mayor Karen Hasara, Springfield, Illinois
  • Joe Hampton, Director, IL Department of Agriculture
  • Garry Neimeier, President, IL Corn Growers Association
8:00 - 11:00 PM Fuel Ethanol Workshop Hospitality Suite
Wednesday, June 26, 2002
7:00 AM Registration Desk Open
7:30 - 8:30 AM Breakfast in Trade Show
The industry’s top vendors will be exhibiting the latest equipment, products, services and technology to improve ethanol production and operations.
8:30 - 8:50 AM Welcoming Remarks
Mike Bryan, President, BBI International
8:50 - 9:15 AM Keynote Address
Governor George H. Ryan, State of Illinois (invited)
9:15 - 10:00 AM Industry Update: Ag Day Network’s “Weekend Marketplace” with Al Pell
Al Pell will interview industry leaders on the developments and progress made in the ethanol industry. This segment will be taped for broadcast on Ag Day Network’s “Weekend Marketplace” morning television program.

  • Rick Tolman, CEO, National Corn Growers Association
  • Bob Dinneen, President, U.S. Renewable Fuels Association
  • Bliss Baker, President, Canadian Renewable Fuels Association
10:00 - 10:45 AM Technological Evolution of a Sustainable Ethanol Industry
Enjoy taking a step back in time and see how, through a series of incremental changes and step changes, the art of making of ethanol has improved in efficiency to where it is today.
  • Larry Peckous, Manager, Starch and Ethanol Industry Technical Services, Novozymes
10:45 - 11:00 AM Presentation of the Award of Excellence
The Award of Excellence will acknowledge an individual who has made a significant contribution to the ethanol industry through research and technological developments.
  • Presented by Kathy Bryan, Vice President, BBI International
11:00 - 11:15 AM Sponsor & Industry Partner Recognition
Special thanks will be given to the many organizations and companies who helped to make this a successful and meaningful event!
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM Ethanol Research Pilot Plant
The Ethanol Research Pilot Plant under construction in Edwards, Illinois, will provide significant benefits to the ethanol industry by testing emerging technologies, exploring the development of new products and expanding horizons of energy efficiencies.
  • Rodney Bothast, Director, National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Pilot Plant
12:00 - 1:30 PM Lunch in Trade Show
Enjoy lunch and networking opportunities in the trade show area. Be sure to play Ethanol Trivia with exhibitors to win a commemorative travel coffee mug!
1:30 - 2:30 PM Breakout Technical Workshops: Track 1
Trade Show remains open during this time for networking opportunities.

SHOP TALK 1: Alcohol Level in Beer and Economics of Improving Yield
  • Continuous Fermentation – John Freidig, Central Minnesota Ethanol
  • Small Batch Fermentation – Steve Burnett, Northeast Missouri Grain Processors
  • Retrofitting an Ethanol Plant from Continuous to Batch – Keith Kor, Corn Plus

PLANT MANAGEMENT 1: Ethanol Plant Expansions

  • Rationale for Expanding Ethanol Production Capacity - Bill Lee, General Manager Chippewa Valley Ethanol Corporation
  • Tools and Points to Consider for Expanding an Ethanol Plant – Danny Allison, High Plains Corporation


  • Alternative Absorbents for Ethanol Dehydration – Tracey Benson, Mississippi State University
  • Cold Hydrolysis for Energy Efficiency – George Robertson, U.S. Department of Agriculture


  • E-Diesel Test Results in Heavy Duty Engines – William Mitchell, John Deere Company (retired)
  • Biodiesel Use in the Transportation Industry – Representative, National Biodiesel Board
  • Biodiesel Production in California – Representative, Lurgi PSI
2:30 - 2:45 PM Room Change and Refreshment Break
2:45 - 4:00 PM Breakout Technical Workshops: Track 2
Trade Show remains open during this time for networking opportunities.

SHOP TALK 2: Fermentation Technology
  • Continuous Fermentation and What it Means to the Ethanol Industry – Mike Ingledew, University of Saskatchewan and Dennis Bayrock, Phibro Inc.

PLANT MANAGEMENT 2: Risk Management

  • Insurance: What's going on in the Property Insurance market and what you
    can do to reduce your risk – Daniel K Brakke, Midwest Power & Utilities Practice - Property Marsh Inc.
  • OSHA Compliance and Process Safety Management - Gil Wilkins, Wilkins & Associates

RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY 2: Cellulose Ethanol: Technological Developments and Refining

Details forthcoming


It is important to understand the feed that is being sold and what the customer wants.

Cattle Feed:

  • Research results – Terry Klopfenstien, University of Nebraska
  • Customer’s Perspective – Bob Gottsch, Gottsch Feeders

Hog Feed:

  • Research Results – Jerry Sherson, University of Minnesota
  • Customer’s Perspective - John Goihl, AOG
4:00 - 5:30 PM Light Reception in the Trade Show
Vote for the best exhibit in the Trade Show! Vendors will be looking their best to win the annual Fuel Ethanol Workshop Best Booth Award.
6:00 - 9:00 PM Special Dinner & Entertainment Event:
Dr. Walker’s Standardbred Horse Farm

It is time to kick up our heels and enjoy an evening in Springfield’s beautiful countryside at Dr. Walker's Standardbred Horse Farm. As special guests at one of the largest horse farms in the Midwest, you’ll have the opportunity to see some of the finest horses bred and trained for national-level competition. The evening includes a catered country-style barbeque, refreshments and live entertainment, along with many other planned activities.

Special thanks to our hosts! Illinois Department of Community Affairs, Illinois Corn Growers Association, and Growmark Corporation.
9:00 - 11:00 PM Fuel Ethanol Workshop Hospitality Suite
Thursday, June 27, 2002
7:00 AM Registration Desk Open
7:30 - 8:30 AM Breakfast in Trade Show
Last day to visit the industry’s leading service providers!
8:30 - 10:00 AM World Outlook for Fuel Ethanol Production and Use
Interest in ethanol is growing rapidly around the world. Representatives from India, China, Europe and Mexico will discuss new developments that are fostering growth for biofuels production and use.
10:00 - 11:00 AM Refreshment Break in the Trade Show
Last chance to play Ethanol Trivia, vote for the Best Booth, and learn about the latest technology to improve ethanol production and operations. Trade Show will remain open until 12:00 pm.
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Breakout Technical Workshops – Track 3
Trade Show will remain open until 12:00 pm.

  • Use of Infra-Red Technology for Control & Management of Solids – Don Livermore, Hiram Walker/Allied Domecq
  • Water and Material Balance – Representative, New Energy Corporation
  • Control of Scaling and Fouling in Process Evaporators – Clovis Sarmento, BetzDearborn

PLANT MANAGEMENT 3: Managing Plant Emissions
Moderator: Todd Potas, ERG

  • Air Permitting Issues – Jim Mennell, Environmental Law Group
  • Thermal Oxidizer - John Viskup, Victory Energy and Robert Laska, MMT Environmental
  • Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer – Howard Hohl, Eisenmann Engineering

RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY 3: Emerging Technologies for Dry Grind Ethanol Processes

  • Enzymatic Processes for Dry Grind Ethanol - David Johnston, U.S. Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service
  • Coproduct Characterization for Dry Grind Ethanol - Kent Rausch, U.S. Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service
  • Corn Fiber Utilization for High Valued Coproducts - Kevin Hicks, U.S. Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service
  • Conversion of Quick Fiber to Ethanol - Vijay Singh, U.S. Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service


A variety of feedstocks will be discussed including sugar cane, molasses, sorghum, tapioca, cassava, and sugar beets. These feedstocks are used for ethanol production around the world and play an important role in providing value to local agricultural economies. Presentations will cover new research and development to maximize the use of these feedstocks for ethanol production.

12:00 - 3:00 PM Trade Show Tear-down
1:00 PM Afternoon Activities (optional)
* Annual FEW Golf Tournament
* New Salem Historical Tour
* Knight's Action Park
8:00 - 11:00 PM Fuel Ethanol Workshop Hospitality Suite
Friday, June 28, 2002
7:00 AM Registration Desk Open
7:30 - 8:30 AM Breakfast Buffet (sit-down)
8:30 - 9:45 AM Round Robin Work Groups
Back by popular demand! Conference participants will tackle the question – “What will the ethanol industry look like in 15 years and what will needs to be done to support it?” Results from the discussion will be presented at the Industry Roundtable.
9:45 - 10:15 AM Keynote Address
10:15 - 10:30 AM Refreshment Break
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM Industry Roundtable: Forum of Futuristic Thinkers
The forum will feature a panel consisting of process design companies, enzymes manufacturers, ethanol industry suppliers and service providers, government leaders and researchers, who will respond to the issues raised by the morning Work Groups. The objective will be to suggest resolutions and recommendations to further the growth of the industry.
12:30 - 5:00 PM Ethanol Plant Tour
Archer Daniels Midland, Decatur, Illinois.

Please give yourself enough time to make your departing flights at the conclusion of this tour. Buses will return to the Crowne Plaza Hotel parking lot by 5:00 pm. If you are planning on flying in/out of the Springfield Airport, flight schedules are available at http://www.flyspi.com/ to aid in your planning.
12:30 PM Conference Wrap Up

For more information, contact:


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