Top Names Highlight Major Bioeconomy Summit

Top leaders in research to discuss economic opportunities Sept. 12-13.

The Michigan Agri-Business Association's second annual Bioeconomy Summit is set for Sept. 12-13 in Lansing, bringing together the nation's top leaders in the booming bioeconomy to discuss new and emerging economic opportunities in Michigan.

The top-notch roster of speakers include Gale Buchanan, U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary for Research, Education and Economics; Dr. Bruce Dale, professor of chemical engineering at Michigan State University and one of the world's leading experts in biomass research; Kris Berglund, a top international expert on ethanol; and Mike Sawruk of M&M Energy, which has proposed a high-tech energy park in Alma that will harness bio-based fuels, among other renewable sources of energy. The event will be at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing.

Buchanan is a veteran of cutting-edge agriculture research, serving nearly two decades as a leader at several universities across the nation. He was appointed to his USDA position in 2006.

"The bioeconomy is red hot right now, and this summit is a great opportunity for everyone in agriculture and business to share ideas about those hot topics in our industry and how we can succeed in today's economy," says MABA President Jim Byrum. "Last year's inaugural summit was a big hit with members of our industry, with first-rate speakers who gave great ideas to standing-room only crowds. MABA is honored to host the summit again this year and build on our success in 2006."

The two-day event features experts who will discuss a range of issues in the bioeconomy, particularly renewable fuels and new developments in cellulosic ethanol, the next generation of ethanol production. Michigan agriculture is a $60-billion-a-year industry, and one of the true bright spots in Michigan's economy. Major sponsors of the summit include the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

To register, go to www.miagbiz.org and click on "Michigan Bioeconomy Summit" midway down the left menu bar or call (517) 336-0223.

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