BIODIESEL Conference In Michigan
Tuesday March 14.......Biodiesel Summit 8:30 am to NOON at the Hampton Township Hall 801 west Center....near bay City Registration is free but required...call the Bay County Farm Bureau at 684-2772
Wednesday March 15....Harvesting Agri-Energy Conference 7:30 am to 5:00 pm at the Horizons Conference Center in Saginaw Township. Registration costs $30 to $50 and covers breakfast, lunch, and workshop materials. Please call 1-800-662-9278
Here is the article that was in the Saginaw News on Tuesday March 7th.....
Biodiesel conferences coming up
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
THE BAY CITY TIMES
Jim Bellor agrees with President Bush: Americans are addicted to oil.
He prefers the vegetable variety, as in biodiesel.
Bellor, a Bay County Farm Bureau official, has organized a biodiesel summit at the Hampton Township Hall on Tuesday, March 14, to promote use of the alternative fuel, made by mixing soybean and other vegetable oils with conventional petroleum diesel.
"We want people to know what's going on and that this stuff's available to them," said Bellor, a farmer and public education chairman for the Farm Bureau. "It's a lot better for our environment."
Biodiesel blends can run in any diesel engine. The fuel burns cleaner than conventional diesel, although it emits more nitrogen oxides, which contribute to smog, research shows.
The March 14 summit will occur a day before a harvesting agri-energy conference in Saginaw Township, put on by the state Department of Environmental Quality and Michigan State University Extension.
"That's where it's going to be hammered on again," Bellor said. "It's a start."
Speakers at the Farm Bureau summit will include representatives from the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee in Frankenmuth, a grower-funded group, and Karbowski Oil Co. in Bay City, one of the state's top suppliers of biodiesel.
Keith Reinholt, field operations director for the soybean committee, said biodiesel use has grown substantially in Michigan, but it's still a pittance.
About 1 billion gallons of diesel fuel are used each year in Michigan. Last year, about 3 million gallons of pure biodiesel were used.
"It's been doubling every year since 2000, but we started out with 20,000 gallons," Reinholt said.
Biodiesel is usually created by blending vegetable oil with conventional diesel, because 100 percent biodiesel is more expensive and supplies are limited.
B-20 biodiesel, a 20 percent retail blend, costs 10 to 12 cents more a gallon than conventional diesel, but it's worth it, Reinholt said.
"It's alternative, it's biodegradeable, renewable and domestically produced," he said.
Reinholt said biodiesel is sold at 30 retail pumps in the state, including one at Jaxx Snaxx, a BP station at 3790 N. Euclid in Bay City.
More than 100 suppliers are selling biodiesel to farmers, which is encouraging, he said.
Among those using it is Bellor, in his tractor.
"My equipment runs a lot smoother, and I feel I've got a lot more horsepower and less smoke," Bellor said.
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