The AgSTAR Program is a voluntary effort jointly sponsored by the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of
Agriculture, and the U.S. Department of Energy.  The program encourages
the use of methane recovery (biogas) technologies at confined animal
feeding operations (CAFOs) that manage manure as liquids or slurries.
These technologies produce energy and reduce methane emissions while
achieving other environmental benefits.  For additional information
about the AgSTAR Program, visit the website at:

The AgSTAR Program will hold its annual two-day conference at the
Sacramento Convention Center, in Sacramento, California, on November
27-28, 2007.  This conference is recommended for livestock producers and
others interested or involved in the design, financing, operation, or
regulatory oversight of animal waste management systems or in the
development of alternative sources of energy.

This year's conference will feature technical, policy and financial
presentations, poster sessions, networking opportunities, exhibits of
the latest technologies and services.  For the latest agenda, hotel
information and to register online, visit the AgSTAR Conference web page
at:  You can also register
by calling (781) 674-7374.  Registration for the conference is free of
charge.  However, there is a meals fee of $125.

There will also be a field trip to two local dairy farms with operating
digesters on Wednesday, November 28, from 12:00 noon  6:30 PM.
Roundtrip bus transportation from the conference hotel will be provided.
  There is no additional fee to participate in the tour.  A box lunch is
available for $15.

Dr. Ann C. Wilkie                          Tel: (352)392-8699
Soil and Water Science Department          Fax: (352)392-7008
University of Florida-IFAS
P.O. Box 110960                         E-mail: [log in to unmask]
Gainesville, FL 32611-0960
Campus location: Environmental Microbiology Laboratory (Bldg. 246).
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