event details

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Hamline University
Klas Center
1537 Taylor Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55104

Event Materials

Agenda (PDF) »

Speaker Biographies (PDF) »




Dr. Thomas Foust - National Bioenergy Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (PDF) »

Brendan Jordan - Great Plains Institute (PDF) »

Dr. Nicholas Jordan - University of Minnesota (PDF) »

Steve Morse - Minnesota Environmental Partnership (PDF) »



Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Wenck Associates


convener series SPONSOR

Consulate General of Canada

SUpporting EVENT Sponsor

Minnesota Corn Growers

Policy Forum Series: Bioproducts policy: will we get the industry we want?

about the program

Bioproducts, or bio-based products, are materials, fuels, and chemicals made from renewable resources like agricultural crops, trees, or biologically derived waste. Depending on how the industry develops, bioproducts could open up new markets for these resources while providing a range of environmental and social benefits. As a means of supporting industry growth, the state of Minnesota recently passed new incentives for the production of biochemicals and advanced biofuels. Despite these incentives, technical and economic challenges, most notably lower oil prices, remain.

How is the bioproducts industry evolving given low oil prices, changing demand for ecologically derived products, technical challenges, and other factors, and how can we support the industry so that it can deliver maximum public benefit?

A leading group of issue experts to explored:

  • How the bioproducts industry has changed over the past several years,
  • Which methods of production may offer the greatest environmental, social & economic benefits and,
  • Whether current policies at the state and federal levels are sufficient to continue environmentally and economically sustainable growth and advancement of the industry.


  • Robert Ames, Advisor, Sylvatex
  • Anna Claussen, Director of Rural Strategies, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
  • Dr. Thomas Foust, Director, National Bioenergy Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Erin Heitkamp, Global Sustainability Practice Leader, Wenck Associates
  • Brendan Jordan, Vice President, Great Plains Institute
  • Dr. Nicholas Jordan, Professor, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, University of Minnesota
  • David Kolsrud, Founder, The Funding Farm
  • Steve Morse, Executive Director, Minnesota Environmental Partnership
  • Dr. Douglas Root, Senior Scientist of Biomass and Renewable Products Technologies, AURI
  • Panel Discussion Moderator: Tim Portz, Executive Editor, Ethanol Producer Magazine, Biodiesel Magazine, and Biomass Magazine

For questions about the program, contact Meleah Houseknecht at 612-334-3388 ext. 104. 

Let us know you're coming or share your questions using #mnbioproducts on Twitter. Follow us at @EnvInitiative.