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CALS co-hosts Forum on Energy Efficiency in Agriculture on Feb. 8

The Dairy Business Innovation Center, the UW-Madison College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection are partnering with a national organization, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), to host a conference about energy efficiency and sustainability in agriculture on Feb 8-10, 2010.

This will be the third annual ACEEE Forum on Energy Efficiency in Agriculture, but the first to be held in Wisconsin.  In exciting news, this three-day conference will spend one entire day day exploring Profitability and Environmental Sustainability in the Dairy Industry. We will kick off with a Wisconsin cheese reception at the Monona Terrace on the evening of Feb 9, 2010, and then commence with an all-day series of speakers, workshops and trade show exhibits on February 10.

Attend this event to learn about how you can achieve greater profitability by implementing environmentally sustainable practices on your farm or in your processing plant.  Also hear what others are doing around the country to improve energy efficiency, enhance sustainability and help reduce dairy’s greenhouse gases.  Please see the attached program for more information about topics and speakers for the Feb. 10 conference day.

Register on-line at http://aceee.org/conf/10ag/ or fill out the attached registration form and mail to ACEEE at the address listed.  The registration fee for the one day conference on Profitability and Environmental Sustainability in the Dairy Industry  (including the reception at the Monona Terrace on Feb 9th)  is $100.

Scholarships are available for interested farm families for the one-day Feb. 10 event. Receive a $50 scholarship (maximum 2 per family) if you send a brief email to maggiemfitzsimmons@gmail.com outlining why you’re interested in attending and why you need financial assistance at this time.

To attend the ACEEE portion of the conference, and for more information on the topics for these two days, visit ACEEE’s website: http://www.aceee.org/conf/10ag/index.htm.

Also attached to this email is a document outlining the benefits of sponsoring this event.  If your business or organization is interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Maggie Fitzsimmons at the Dairy Business Innovation Center, maggiemfitzsimmons@gmail.com for more information.

We hope to see you in February!

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