ELECTRICITY & ETHANOL
A WORKSHOP ON
SUSTAINABILITY FOR THE FAMILY FARM
Legion Hall, Toledo
Tuesday, April 10
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Stable, sustainable, long-term, income security for farmers can result from:
• recent, and expected, changes to electricity regulation
• developments in biodigesters & electricity/ethanol production
This workshop is offered to farmers. It will examine the steps needed to
make family farms economically sound, reduce fossil fuel use, handle
nutrient management, and assure a decent living on the farm, independent
of shifts in volatile commodity markets.
• There is no charge for this workshop. A hot lunch is provided.
• Please register at the Biosphere Network, firstname.lastname@example.org. No email? No
problem: call (613) 659-4824.
• Please confirm if you are a farmer. Priority will be given to active farmers.
AGENDA & SPEAKERS
10:00 - 10:10 Introduction
10:10 – 11:30 PANEL DISCUSSION
The Changing Energy Landscape: new perspectives, new approaches
Tom Hutchinson, Professor of Ecology, Trent University. Prof. Hutchinson has been
researching cropping strategies for producing electricity and ethanol. He farms
outside of Peterborough and is a former head of Rare Breeds Canada.
Steve Clarke, Energy & Crop Engineering Specialist, OMAFRA. Mr. Clarke has special
expertise in selling electricity and connecting to the grid.
Nils Semmler, President, RENTEC Renewable Energy Technologies Inc.
Rentec designed & directed construction of the biodigester/electricity installation at
the Lynn feedlot near Lucan. It is also working on projects in Mexico & Peru.
Russ Christianson, Chartered Accountant & consultant to co-operatives on strategic
planning and organizational development. He is a former co-chair of the Toronto
Food Policy Council.
Moderator: Cameron Smith, retired, former managing editor, The Globe and Mail.
11:30 – 12:15 Converting Crops to Energy
Calculating the potential
12:15 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 1:45 Choosing Specific Crops
Energy content, cropping strategies
1:45 – 2:30 Designing an Operating System
Options, depending on size, goals, individual or co-operative effort
2:30 – 2:45 Co-op Possibilities and Opportunities
2:45 - 3:00 Coffee
3:00 - 4:00 Questions and Discussion
Rural Leeds 2000 and Beyond EDC
Leeds County Stewardship Council
Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve
Hillside Farms, Lyn
Eastern Ontario Model Forest
Toronto Food Policy Council