Presenter: Clarence Lehman, University of Minnesota
“What land could be allocated for biofuel prairie biomass?”, Lehman said. “The best land in the country for this biofuel is in Northern Missouri.”
Dr. Clarence Lehman is a Professor and General Advisor to the Dean at the University of Minnesota. His research interests include theoretical ecology and computation in biology; biodiversity, bioenergy, and ecosystem functioning; long-term database storage; automated methods for education; ethics, science, and society. He is interested in learning to manage the earth’s combined physical-biological-social dynamics for long-term habitability by humans and wildlife. He co-authored Carbon-Negative Biofuels from Low-Input High-Diversity Grassland Biomass and Aspects of Applied Biology: Biomass and Energy Crops.
The Grand River conference was organized by St. Louis-based Roeslein Alternative Energy (RAE) and hosted by Smithfield Foods at their regional office in Princeton, Missouri on May 17, 2018. RAE is in engaged in a large project to capture methane from hog manure at Smithfield’s nine northern Missouri farms and convert it to renewable natural gas using anaerobic digestion systems.
“Through this initiative, multiple partners are coming together to improve the local landscape and waterways,” said Rudi Roeslein, President and Founder of Roeslein Alternative Energy. “Together, we’re creating a pathway that works; a market-based solution around nutrient losses, water quality, and clean air.”