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Ag & Energy Expo to be Feb. 24 in Staples, Minn

STAPLES -- The Staples campus of Central Lakes College will host the second Ag & Energy Expo from 9:30 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. Feb. 24, a free event featuring Michael Reese, the renewable energy director at the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center at Morris.

The day-long event that includes breakfast and lunch is co-sponsored by CLC and Mid-Central Federal Savings Bank of Wadena, Staples, and Long Prairie.

Reese has participated as project manager or coordinator on several renewable energy research and demonstration projects including large-scale wind energy, biomass gasification, renewable hydrogen, and other renewable energy systems.

Exhibitors registered for this annual event include several companies emphasizing conservation and natural resource stewardship with wind energy and solar power technological advancements and considerations for both home and commercial utilization, soil and water, and energy project funding.

Break-out sessions and a webinar will provide a large array of opportunities and will address energy crop opportunities and developments, on-farm use of straight vegetable oil, silent power projects, energy project funding, and wind energy considerations at the CLC Agriculture and Energy Center near Staples.

One afternoon program, "Assistance to Pay for Renewable Energy," will be presented by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Another is by John Ihle of Local BIG Wind, who will speak on experiences in local energy production from wind.

Break-out session presenters include Tom Schultz, David Winkelman, and Reese. Participants from Central Lakes College include Robert Schafer, Del Lecy, Bob Rick, Keith Olander, and Nathan Converse.

For information or to register, contact Julia Palmer at 218-639-7615 or 218-640-0193 or Mid-Central Federal Savings Bank staff at 1-877-631-1414 or Cindy Hase of CLC at 218-894-5100.