The Summit would like to thank our sponsors for their support:


SC Biomass Council
USDA-Rural Develpment


Summit Agenda

8:45 – noon

Thursday, September 19 
Location: Clemson University Pee Dee REC
Future BioEnterprise Opportunities
Welcome: Dr. Mac Horton, Director, Clemson Institute for Economic and Community Development.
Moderator: Terry Walker, Professor, Clemson University
Talk Title
Dr. Kristi Snell VP of Research and Biotechnology, Metabolix Bioplastics, Biochemicals and Energy from Crops.
Dr. Doug Boylan Research and Development Manager, Biomass Energy, Southern Company Biomass Co-Firing Research at Southern Company.
Dr. Mark Johnson Research Soil Scientist, US-EPA Biochar as a Soil Amendment to Improve Soils, Sequester Carbon and Protect the Environment.
10:30 – 11:00am
Graduate Student and Faculty Research Poster Session. (Posters will be available for viewing throughout the day).
11:00am – Noon
Late Morning Session
Moderator: Larry Boyleston, President, SC Biomass Council
Talk Title
Dr. Toby Ahrens Senior Scientist, BioProcess Algae Using Algae to Maximize the Value from Corn & Cellulosics.
Dr. Phil Bauer Research Scientist, USDA-ARS Future BioEnterprise Opportunities: Effectively Using Water.
Noon – 1:00pm
Moderator: Mr. George Kokolis

Nuclear and Energy Programs Coordinator
South Carolina Energy Office

Speakers: Speaker Company Talk Title
Ms. Erika Myers Senior Associate, ICF International Federal Assistance for New BioEnterprises.
Dr. Steven Libsack Business Development Director, BetaSeed Emerging Energy Beet Industry
Afternoon Session

Field tour of Pee Dee REC Crop Research – (registration required).

Dr. Phil Bauer, USDA-ARS – Sunn Hemp
Mr. David Gunter, Clemson University – Grain Sorghum
Mr. David Brown, ArborGen – Purposely Grown Trees
Dr. Jerry O’Rear, NexSteppe – Biomass and Sweet Sorghum
Dr. Steve Kresovich, Clemson University – Energy Cane
Dr. Tim Davis, Clemson University  - Switchgrass

Bioenergy Opportunities for Limited Resource Farmers/Landowners.
Mr. Leo Woodberry Executive Director Woodberry and Associates Engaging Faith-Based Institutions in Bio-Enterprise Opportunities
Mr. Joseph James President, AgriTech Producers LLC Government Programs Available to Aid Limited Resource Farmers and Landowners.
Agribusiness Leaders Session & Dinner
Location:  Florence Darlington Technical College
3:00 – 4:00pm Tour of Southeastern Institute for Manufacturing Technology Facility at Florence Darlington Technical College. Coordinator: Mr. Max Welch, FDTC.
4:15 – 5:15pm Session: New Technologies, New Economic Development Opportunities for the Rural Corridor.
Welcome: Dr. Ben Dillard President Florence Darlington Technical College
Moderator: Mr. Max Welch Florence Darlington Technical College
Talk Title
Mr. Jack Shuler

President of the Palmetto Agri-Business Council.

Creating the Agribusiness Future for South Carolina.
Dr. Paul Ulanch Exec. Director, NC BioTechology Center New Technologies Shaping NC Rural Economic Development.
5:30 – 6:00pm
6:00 – 7:30pm
Agri-Business Leaders Dinner at SiMT
Moderator: Hon. Robert Williams SC House of Representatives
Keynote Speakers:
Talk Title
Mr. Chris Tindal Dir. for Operational Energy, Office of the Deputy Assist. Sec. of the Navy for Energy Department of Navy Energy Update - Biofuels and Beyond.
Mr. Richard Altman Executive Director Emeritus, Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative Connecting Feedstock Supplies with Aviation Customers, Creating the Dynamic in SC.
Honorable Danny Verdin Chair, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, SC Senate  


Friday, September 20 
Location: Francis Marion University
Building Upon The Successes: Chapman Auditorium, McNair Science Building
Welcome: Dr. L. Fred Carter, FMU
Moderator: Dr. Barry O’Brien, FMU
Talk Title
Mr. Stacy Jordahl VP of BioRefining and Emerging Technologies, MeadWestvaco. Bio Based Chemicals in South Carolina.
Dr. Jerry O’Rear VP of Plant Breeding,  NexSteppe, Inc. Powering our Future with Sorghum.
Mr. Roger Schrum Vice President for Investor Relations and Corporate Affairs, Sonoco Products.  
Mr. Woody Swink Partner, McCall Farms Agribusiness Success at McCall Farms.
Mr. Javon Carter Timber and Fiber Market Analyst, Forest2Market, Inc.

Historical Trends and Opportunities for Forestry throughout the Carolinas.

Dr. Paolo Carollo Executive Vice President , Chemtex International Inc Meeting International Markets for Cellulosic Biofuels and Bio-Based Chemicals.
Mr. Jeff McKay Executive Director, NESA Pursuit and Promotion of an Agribusiness Industry – A Regional Perspective.
Noon – 1:00pm
Smith University Center
Moderator: Dr. Richard Chapman - Provost, FMU
Talk Title
Dr. Gregory McRae Hoyt C. Hottel Professor of Chemical Engineering (Emeritus), Massachusetts Ins-titute of Technology Issues to consider in Creating Biological Solutions to our Energy and Environmental Problems.
Ms. Erika Myers ICF International Lessons from the BioEnterprise Summit for the Future.
1:15 – 3:45pm Educational Session Powering South Carolina’s Future.
Chapman Auditorium, McNair Science Building
Moderator: Dr. Greg Pryor, FMU
Speakers: Biomass - Mr. Larry Boyleston, SC Biomass Council Chair and Senior Project Manager, SCRA
Anaerobic Digestion – Ms. Elizabeth Kress, Principal Engineer, Santee Cooper.
Wind – Dr. Paul Gayes, Director, School of Coastal and Marine System Science, Coastal Carolina University.
Solar - Mr. Todd Delello, Renewable Energy Division Manager, Gregory Electric and Mr. Philip Greenway, Principal Engineer, Dept. of Conservation & Energy Efficiency,  Santee Cooper 


Conference attire is business casual.