Feb. 26 FACETS seminar: Local Responses and Impacts of Ethanol Production

Thursday, February 26 is the date of the next forum in the Forum on Agriculture, Climate, & Energy Technology Sustainability series sponsored by Program on Agricultural Technology Studies, Land Information and Computer Graphics Facility and CALS. This forum will bring together experts in various fields to provide an opportunity for the generation and evaluation of ideas related to agricultural production, bioenergy and land use, and how they interact with climate change mitigation and adaptation. A flyer on this event is available for download.

Though these forums will generally take place in the Madison area, they are now accessible from remote locations. Through streaming video, electronic copies of materials, and an interactive chat session, you can watch the presentation and participate in the discussion from your desktop!

The February 26 seminar runs from 12–2 p.m., in 115 Taylor Hall and is entitled Local Responses and Impacts of Ethanol Production: A Review of Recent Research from Wisconsin featuring many experts from the UW-Madison:

  • 12-12:10 p.m. — Welcome
  • 12:10-12:30 p.m. — Integrating ethanol co-products with local livestock producers and effect on net energy return and GHG emissions, Bill Bland, Soil Science and Julie Sinistore, Agroecology
  • 12:35-12:55 p.m. — Response and siting processes to proposed ethanol production facilities in Wisconsin -Michael Bell, Rural Sociology and Matt Robinson, Agroecology
  • 1:00 – 1:20 p.m. — Community level socio-economic impacts of ethanol facilities in Wisconsin – Leann Tigges, Rural Sociology and Molly Noble, Sociology
  • 1:20 – 2:00 p.m. — Discussion

To connect via the internet, please follow the instructions at:

Depending on your location, there will be a slight delay (20 -30 seconds) between what you see on your desktop and what is happening in real time, but we will be sure to field questions and comments that come in from the chat session and address them during the discussion. Additionally, there will be a blog that will respond to any questions that do not get addressed during the session. This is our first attempt at this technology, so your feedback on this system would be GREATLY appreciated. Please direct that feedback to Alan Turnquist at

FREE LUNCH to first 40 people who RSVP to Nancy Carlisle: or 608-265-2908 by Tuesday, February 24th.

Please contact Maggie Grabow with questions.