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Program & Schedule*
Workshop is being held at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel, 1230 J Street, Sacramento, CA
August 15-17, 2017

ThinkTank™ To Accelerate Workshop Collaboration

How often have you felt that the breakthrough ideas that could have taken your organization to the next level never saw the light of day? To avoid that feeling at the Crop Residues for Advanced Biofuels-Effects on Soil Carbon workshop, we will use the ThinkTank™ collective intelligence software platform to ensure every participant’s ideas will be seen and considered.  

Whether we are engaging in strategic thinking or planning execution of top initiatives, ThinkTank™ will provide us a structured environment that guarantees an amazing outcome by increasing attendee stakeholder participation by 1000%. ThinkTank™ reduces process time and effort by 70%, mines the best ideas, and aligns teams on execution. In short ThinkTank™ can change the way we collaborate.
 
Alan Chute PhD is a certified Innovation Master and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and has worked with USDA and DOE during many important strategy sessions. He will help facilitate the workshop through three days of ThinkTank™ collaboration.

Read on for the combination of technical presentations and rigorous breakout sessions where all perspectives will be shared and debated.     


*Please note that the Program & Schedule is subject to change.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Breakfast on Your Own

7:00-8:00am   
Registration (Customer Service until 5:45pm)
Magnolia Foyer

8:00-8:30am
Opening Keynote: Background, Goals, and Challenges Leading to this Workshop
Doug Karlen, USDA-ARS, Committee Chair

Magnolia Grand Nave Ballroom

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Session #1      
Soil Carbon Status and Trends in the US Corn Belt Region

Magnolia Grand Nave Ballroom

8:30-9:05am
Soil-Plant-Microbe Interactions and Soil Organic Carbon (SOC): A Review of the Basic Principles 
Charles Rice, Kansas State University

9:05-9:40am
Corn Stover for Advanced Biofuels—Soil “Lorax” Perspectives
Jane Johnson, USDA-ARS


9:40-10:15am
The Pros and Cons of Residue Harvesting
David Clay, South Dakota State
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10:15-10:45am
Coffee Break, Networking, Diamond Sponsor Exhibits

10:45-11:45am
Breakout Discussions
What do we know and what don’t we understand about conversion of crop residue to soil organic carbon? Who do we trust?
Level 2

12:00-12:30pm
Breakout Group Reports
What are the critical questions to be answered?
Magnolia Grand Nave Ballroom

12:30-1:30pm
On Site Working Lunch: Crop Residues for Conservation or Bioenergy–A Producer’s Dilemma
Ron Alverson, South Dakota Farmer & Grain Ethanol Proponent
​Magnolia Grand Nave Ballroom

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Session #2
Modeling Soil Organic Carbon Changes

Magnolia Grand Nave Ballroom

1:30-2:15pm
Biofuels From Crop Residue: Soil Organic Carbon and Climate Impacts in the US and India
Adam Liska, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

2:15-2:45pm    
Coffee Break, Networking, Diamond Sponsor Exhibits

2:45-3:30pm    
SOC Models: What are the Differences?
Steven DelGrosso, USDA-ARS

3:30-4:15pm    
Modeling and Life Cycle Analysis of Impacts of Corn Stover Harvest
Keith Paustian, Colorado State University
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4:30-5:30pm    
Breakout Discussions
What do we really know and what don’t we understand regarding the modeling of plant biomass to SOC conversion rates and processes? How might a changing climate impact the processes? What degree of certainty is needed for consistent and appropriate policy guidelines?
Level 2

5:45-6:15pm
Breakout Group Reports
What are the critical questions to be answered?
Magnolia Grand Nave Ballroom

6:15-7:30pm
Reception
Camellia Grand Nave Ballroom

7:30pm
Dinner On Your Own


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Breakfast on Your Own

7:30-5:30pm
Registration & Customer Service
Magnolia Foyer

8:00-8:30am
Review of Day 1: Think Tank Trends, Challenges, Concerns and Early Indicators of Consensus, Or Not
Alan Chute, Advanced Learning Systems, Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt
Magnolia Grand Nave Ballroom

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Session #3
Measurement and Verification of Stover Harvest/Removal Rates for Regulatory and GHG Accounting Purposes

Magnolia Grand Nave Ballroom

8:30-9:15am
Industry Perspectives, Challenges, and Strategies to Verify SOM in the Feedstock Supply Chain
Frank Rydl, DuPont Industrial Biosciences and Alan Keller, POET-DSM

9:15-10:00am
Catalyzing and Verifying Sustainability in the Production of Commodity Crops
Allison Thomson, Field to Market Organization
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10:00-10:30am    
Coffee Break, Networking, Diamond Sponsor Exhibits

10:30-11:30am    
Breakout Discussions
What do we know? What don’t we know? Who do we trust? What degree of certainty is needed for consistent policy guidelines?
Level 2

11:45am-12:15pm
Breakout Group Reports
What are the critical questions to be answered?
Magnolia Grand Nave Ballroom

12:15-1:15pm
On Site Working Lunch: Lifecycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Corn Stover Production
Rebecca Locker, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co.
Magnolia Grand Nave Ballroom

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Session #4
Geospatial Variation and Measurement Changes in SOC and Erosion Risk at the Field and Landscape Scale

Magnolia Grand Nave Ballroom

1:15-2:00pm
Tools in Determining Variation in SOM and Erosion Risk at the Field and Landscape Scale
David Muth, AgSolver Inc.

2:00-2:30pm
Coffee Break, Networking, Diamond Sponsor Exhibits

2:30-3:15pm
Crop Residue Management Decisions: How They Influence Daily Soil Erosion Estimates
Richard Cruse, Iowa State University

3:15-4:00pm
Measuring SOC Changes at the Field and Landscape Scale
Jeff Novak, USDA-ARS
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4:15-5:15pm
Breakout Discussions
What do we know? What don’t we know? Who do we trust? What is needed for consistent policy guidelines?
Level 2

5:30-6:00pm
Breakout Group Reports
What are the critical questions to be answered?
Magnolia Grand Nave Ballroom

6:00pm
Dinner On Your Own


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Breakfast on Your Own

7:30-8:00am
Registration & Customer Service
Magnolia Foyer

8:00-8:30am
Review of Days 1 and 2: What Trends, Challenges, Critical Questions, and Research Needs are Emerging? Is Consensus in Sight?
Alan Chute, Advanced Learning Systems, Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt
Magnolia Grand Nave Ballroom

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Session #5
Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA): How is Carbon Intensity Determined from Crop Residues?

Magnolia Grand Nave Ballroom

8:30-9:15am
Life-Cycle Analysis of Biofuels and Impacts of Soil Organic Carbon Changes for Biofuel Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Michael Wang, USDOE and Zhangcai Qin, USDOE

9:15-10:00am
Real-World Overview of LCA Modeling
Stefan Unnasch, Life Cycle Associates, LLC and Tom Darlington, Air Improvement Resource, Inc.
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10:00-10:30am
Coffee Break, Networking, Diamond Sponsor Exhibits

10:30am-12:00pm
Breakout Discussions
What does it take to make stover harvest sustainable? What needs further R&D? How can these be packaged into action items? Who should take the lead for each issue? Do we have a consensus?
Level 2

12:15-1:15pm
On Site Working Lunch: Perennial Grasses for Marginally-Productive Cropland: Challenges and Opportunities for the Bio Economy
Rob Mitchell, USDA-ARS
Magnolia Grand Nave Ballroom

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Session #6
Life-Cycle Assessment of Biofuels: Integrating Current Science Into Policy

Magnolia Grand Nave Ballroom

1:15-2:00pm
The California Air Resource Board’s Low-carbon Fuel Standard:  Determining the Carbon Intensity of Corn Stover for Biofuel
Anil Prabhu, California Air Resource Board

2:00-2:45pm
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard: Overview in Determining GHG Emissions from Corn Stover,/a>
Aaron Levy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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2:45-3:15pm
Break

3:15-3:45pm
Breakout Group Summary
A synthesis of action items, research needs, and strategies for improved CI modeling and advanced biofuels policies.
Magnolia Grand Nave Ballroom

3:45-5:00pm
Rapid Fire Response to Workshop Outcomes – 10 minutes each:
Farmer – Ron Alverson, South Dakota Farmer & Grain Ethanol Proponent
CARB – Anil Prabhu, California Air Resource Board
EPA – TBD
ETOH Plants – TBD
Equipment Manufacturer – TBD
ETOH Associations – TBD
Corn Growers – TBD

5:00-5:15pm
Closing
Doug Karlen, USDA-ARS, Committee Chair


5:15pm         
Workshop Adjourns



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