May 27th, 2008 Alfred State College Hydroponic Growing with the USDA-  Alfred State News
ASC Will Participate in Bio Energy Awareness Days (BEAD II) in Washington, DC, in June
Tue, 05/27/2008 - 9:33am

Alfred State College will participate in the United States Department of Agriculture's Research, Education, and
Economics Agency's (USDA/REE) second annual Bio Energy Awareness Days (BEAD II) in Washington, DC, in
June. The purpose of the event is to increase awareness and knowledge related to the sustainable production of
agriculture-based and natural resource-based renewable energy and the efficient use and conservation of
energy for the benefit of rural communities and the nation.

Land grant colleges of agriculture and forestry and other institutions of higher learning were invited to compete
for inclusion by submitting proposals which would exhibit the theme of clean and efficient sustainable energy and
energy conservation and efficiency based on their programs and expertise.

Proposals were centered around the colleges' visions of U.S. agriculture and/or forestry's contribution to the
energy economy in 2017, the roles they intend to create for themselves in that environment, and how those roles
will attain the following:

* Increasing production of renewable energy and alternative fuels,
* Delivering that energy to consumers,
* Meeting consumer demand, and
* Enhancing sustainability, conservation, and energy efficiency.

Alfred State College, which will highlight workforce development in renewable energy through organic agriculture
and hydroponics with LED lights, and biodiesel reactor, photovoltaic, and wind energy, is in good company.
Other exhibitors include Auburn University, Cornell University, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University,
Kansas State University, Lincoln University, Louisiana State University Agriculture Center, Mississippi State
University, North Carolina State University, Oklahoma State University, Penn State University, Sun Grant
Initiative, Texas A&M University/Texas Agrilite Research, University of Arkansas, University of Florida/IFAS,
University of Georgia, University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture, University of Illinois, University of
Maine, University of Maryland, University of Nevada (Reno), University of Tennessee, University of Tennessee
Extension, Washington State University, Iowa State University, SUNY Cobleskill, and Ohio State University.
May 13th, 2008 Joseph Dunn-  A visit by Joseph Dunn, Special Advisor to Under Secretary for Research,
Education, and Economics, USDA.  He is very involved with agriculture energy issues.  The visit  involved a tour of
the greenhouse, an explanation of how LED grow lighting works, and was followed by a lunch of lettuce from the
hydroponic system.
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