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Agriculture, Energy Departments to hold national energy conference

Agriculture.com Staff 06/26/2006 @ 9:39am

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Mike Johanns and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Samuel Bodman have announced that the two agencies will co-host a national renewable energy conference this fall.

The conference, Advancing Renewable Energy: An American Rural Renaissance, is scheduled for October 10-12, 2006, in St. Louis, Missouri.

"Keeping America competitive calls upon us to work together to expand sustainable, market-driven, domestic energy sources," Johanns said. "The October conference will build upon the President's vision for overcoming our energy challenges and help create new wealth opportunities in rural communities."

"Never has reducing our dependence on foreign oil been such a pressing issue," Bodman said. "We have the will and the means to replace significant quantities of foreign oil with homegrown fuel. We are hopeful this conference will identify major impediments and critical pathways to get more domestically grown, renewable energy sources out of the laboratory and into consumers' hands as soon as possible."

The conference will focus on agriculture, energy, transportation, financial and investment interests, federal and state government, and elected officials. USDA and DOE expect the conference to identify major impediments, review challenges and make recommendations to help accelerate renewable energy technology development; examine key incentives that would help promote certainty and reduce risk for investors and developers in the marketplace; review challenges of developing new distribution systems; and raise public awareness.

Information regarding the October conference will be available on both USDA and DOE's website at www.usda.gov and www.energy.gov .

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Mike Johanns and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Samuel Bodman have announced that the two agencies will co-host a national renewable energy conference this fall.

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