The National Corn Growers Association will hold a conference on land use and climate impacts of corn-based ethanol.

Scheduled for Aug. 25-26 in St. Louis, it will provide sessions on such topics as land use change, nitrous oxide, new technologies and their effect on greenhouse gas emissions, domestic and international yields, satellite data and land conversion greenhouse gas emission factors, defining renewable biomass and distillers grains.

"We're really excited about the opportunity to bring the experts to St. Louis to talk about some of the top issues confronting corn farmers and ethanol producers," said Steve Ruh, chairman of NCGA's Climate Change Task Force. "It's important that any policy decisions about corn ethanol be based on sound science and data based on reality - not a set of faulty or unproven assumptions and presuppositions."

Confirmed presenters at the conference include Dr. Bruce Dale of Michigan State University, Dr. Wally Tyner of Purdue University, Dr. Pat Westhoff of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute and Dr. Michael Wang of Argonne National Laboratory. More details will be announced at a later date.

Source: NCGA