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November 14, 2003

Conference To Explore What Biofuels Really Mean to Michigan Farmers

DEWITT, MICH.— Michigan corn producers and other farmers from across the state will have the chance to explore what the emerging biofuels market means to them in dollars and cents next Friday at the “Renewable Energy in Michigan: Biomass Energy and Agriculture” conference.

The Corn Marketing Program of Michigan (CMPM) will join area corn producers and other interested parties from across the state at the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in Hastings for the conference that will examine the past, present and future of biofuels in Michigan.

“Ethanol and other biofuels are the ecologically-friendly wave of the future,” said Richard Godfrey, CMPM President and a corn producer from Jonesville. “Every year, we are seeing more and more of a push for ethanol, not only because it lessens pollution but also because it puts a real dent in our dependence on foreign oil. You can produce 2.8 gallons of ethanol from a single bushel of corn. That replaces 2.8 gallons of oil that currently must be shipped into the U.S. from other parts of the world.”

Jody E. Pollok, Executive Director of CMPM, will be one of the featured speakers at the conference. She plans to stress the importance of ethanol in an emerging world market.

“Corn producers have a long history of feeding our neighbors, our nation and our world,” Pollok explained. “Now, with increased production and demand for ethanol, we are ready and willing to step up to the challenge of providing fuel for our neighbors, nation and world as well.”

Also included in the conference will be a discussion on anaerobic digestion and what it means to Michigan farmers as well as state and national perspectives on biofuels.

“The issues that will be covered at this conference are the same issues being discussed at the state and national level from education to usage and legislation to development. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in the advancement of biofuels to learn, network and share ideas.”

The conference is open to all parties interested in renewable energy, with an emphasis being placed on farmers, college and university officials and students, township and county officials, energy retail suppliers, vehicle fleet managers, and agribusiness leaders.

The conference registration fee is $25 for adults and $10 for students. For further information or to register, please contact Pierce Cedar Creek Institute at 269-721-4190.

Headquartered in DeWitt, the CMPM is a legislatively-established statewide program that utilizes one-cent per bushel of Michigan corn sold. Investments are made in the areas of research, education and market development in an effort to enhance the economic position of Michigan corn producers. The CMPM works cooperatively with the Michigan Corn Growers Association, a grassroots-membership association representing the state’s corn producer’s political interests


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