GLENDIVE, MONTANA- Farmers, educators, government agency personnel, and business owners who are interested in learning more about on-farm and small scale biodiesel production and use can learn more about these topics at a workshop to be held in Glendive on December 8, 2009.
Experienced speakers will present the most current information about oilseed crops and on-farm biodiesel production and use at the workshop. This workshop builds on previous successful workshops over recent years and will cover oilseed crushing and vegetable oil-based biodiesel production and use issues.
The workshop will be held from 8:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. in the Toepke Center auditorium at the Dawson Community College, 300 College Drive. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.
People who attend this workshop will learn more about: the right oilseeds to grow for the area, and potential co-product markets; using biodiesel in farm equipment; the development and regulation of oilseed co-products and animal feeds; advancements in community/commercial biodiesel production, the economics of oilseed crushing and biodiesel production and educational, technical and financial resources for building a bioenergy business.
The workshop is free for those who pre-register before December 2, 2009. To pre-register, contact Marilyn Dutton at 406-377-9405, [email protected]  or [email protected] . A $20 registration fee for the workshop will be charged after December 2 and at the door.
The DEQ will also offer the book, “Building a Successful Biodiesel Business: Technology Considerations, Developing the Business, Analytical Methodologies” for workshop attendees at a discounted price of $35. For more information on workshop content, or the book, contact Bill Webb at DEQ (406) 841- 5200 or e-mail [email protected] .
The workshop is a joint effort of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Dawson Community College, National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), the National Biodiesel Education Program, the Montana Agro-Energy Initiative, Northern Ag Broadcasting, Montana Farmers Union, Montana Grain Growers, and other co-sponsors.
For more information on this event, contact Bill Webb at 406-841-5200, email at [email protected] , or visit the DEQ website at www.deq.mt.gov . Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in this workshop. Please contact Bill Webb with the contact information above regarding the accommodation needed.
Registration form and a preliminary agenda are also available on the Dawson Community College website at www.dawson.edu .