Biofuels and Water Quality Conference
The NIFA Mid-Atlantic Regional Water Coordination Program, along with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the USDA-ARS Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, organized a two-day conference titled "Biofuels and Water Quality” to address the implications for water resources from biofuels development.
The first day of the conference featured status and trends of ethanol production, potential water quality implications, nutrient management concerns, challenges to production, and economic aspects of ethanol. The second day focused on issues linked to the production of biodiesel and gasification. Topics discussed included the diversity of biofuels, feedstocks, and strategies to achieve sustainable outcomes. A closing panel addressed research, education, and extension needs and opportunities arising from the conference.
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Water Coordination Program is one of 10 regional programs under the NIFA National Integrated Water Program.
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