Energy at SUNY Saturday
By Patsy Nicosia
Agriculture and energy will be the focus of a daylong event at SUNY Cobleskill this Saturday.
And if that sounds a little bit like been-there, done-that, consider this:
Two of the facilities highlighted—one that turns hay into stove pellets and the other, a slaughterhouse and processing plant just a half-hour away—are just coming online.
“These are things that are coming full-circle,” said David Cox, Agriculture Program leader for Cornell Cooperative Extension, which is partnering with the college to host the event, 9am-3pm in Curtis Mott Hall.
“It’s really a day-long workshop format and our hope is that people will come and ask questions. ‘We’ talk a lot about ‘what could be,’ but these things are really happening.”
Paul VanDerwerken’s Grass and Wood Pellet Energy Systems went online just this week in the old Blue Seal Plant in Central Bridge.
Mr. VanDerwerken, who plans to contract with local farmers to turn hay too course for livestock into stove pellets, will be one of the speakers to talk about growing grasses for fuel.
His will be part of the 11-11:50am session.
Other highlights will include a discussion of warm and cool season grasses and shrub willow and the recent results of some grass-fed versus grain-fed beef trials.
Admission to the Agriculture & Energy Day is $10/per person and $15/per family.
For more information, call Cornell Cooperative Extension at 234-4303 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, March 6, 2010 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Wow! Concerned for the environment, local economics, AND his customers’ wallets. What a guy! What a ‘proprietor‘!