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Program Tracks

FEW Program Tracks

Track 1: Production and Operations Track 2: Leadership and Financial Management
Track 3: Coproducts and Product Diversification Track 4: Cellulosic and Advanced Ethanol

Track 1: Production and Operations

Track 1 is tailored to industry professionals focused on production efficiency, plant optimization, process control, advanced maintenance, compliance, quality control, safety and other areas of facility operations. This track will particularly appeal to ethanol plant managers, operations managers, process engineers, maintenance managers, lab managers, commodities managers, operators and other personnel seeking the latest production and operational solutions.

Topics within this Category Include:
  • Yield Maximization
  • Process Optimization
  • Facility Enhancement
  • Bacterial Control
  • Process Control
  • Plant Diagnostics
  • Water Reuse/Efficiency
  • Maintenance
  • Lab/Quality Assurance/Quality Control
  • Analytical Methods and Standards
  • Environmental/Regulatory Compliance
  • Abatement Technology
  • Process Safety Management
  • Environmental Health & Safety
  • Grain Handling/Storage/Logistics
  • Equipment/Technology Innovations

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Track 2: Leadership and Financial Management

Track 2 is customized for ethanol industry executives, board members, directors and top-tier facility managers who have financial and/or managerial oversight of ethanol plants. From risk management and marketing to SEC reporting and accounting, this track is ideal for “C-level” executives, board members, investors, business managers, accountants, financial managers and other professionals engaged in plant/project finance and overall company management.

Topics within this Category Include:
  • Workplace Trends
  • Hiring Practices
  • Management and Training Practices
  • Workforce Training
  • Board Structuring/Training
  • Accounting/Financial
  • Risk Management
  • Commodity Margin Management
  • Policy/Markets/RINS
  • Insurance
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Project Finance/Development
  • Capital Expenditures
  • Bankruptcies/Distressed Facilities
  • SEC Reporting

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Track 3: Coproducts and Product Diversification

Track 3 is customized for attendees responsible for producing and/or marketing distillers grains, as well as plant executives exploring product diversification strategies like fractionation and corn oil extraction. From production technology to international trade, this track will include a cross-section of issues central to commodities managers, risk managers, distillers grains merchandisers, lab managers, researchers and animal nutritionists alike.

Topics within this Category Include:
  • Production Trends
  • High Value Coporducts
  • Quality Control and Analysis
  • Microbial Control/Antibiotics
  • Non-Antibiotic Solutions
  • Merchandising/Sales/Trade
  • Fractionation/Extraction
  • Coproduct Innovations
  • Drying Technology
  • Enhanced Separation Technologies
  • Transportation
  • Product Standardization

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Track 4: Cellulosic and Advanced Ethanol

Track 4 is tailored for the broad spectrum of attendees interested in cellulosic and advanced ethanol-research, development and demonstration, feedstock technology and logistics, policy, projects and commercialization updates. This track will benefit ethanol plant personnel, researchers, engineers, growers, waste generators and aggregators, process technology providers and other industry service providers contributing to the development of crucial pathways to commercializing industrial-scale cellulosic and advanced ethanol production.

Topics within this Category Include:
  • Conversion Technologies
  • Commercialization/Scale-Up
  • Corn/Cellulosic Integration
  • Cropping Strategies
  • Biomass Logistics
  • Dedicated Energy Crops
  • Regional Feedstock Opportunities
  • Demonstration Facility Updates
  • Pathways from Existing Inputs
  • Value-Added Products
  • R&D
  • Cost Analysis
  • Producer Perspectives
  • Project Finance

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