2008.08.15 > For Immediate Release
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UNO to Host U.S. Senate Field Hearing on Food, Feed and Fuel
Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will host a U.S. Senate field hearing focused on food, feed and fuel production on Monday, Aug. 18, starting at 9 a.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center. The event is open to the campus community and public.
Senator Ben Nelson, a member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, and Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa, who chairs the committee, will conduct the hearing. Nine witnesses have been set to testify about the role of renewable fuels and the potential for increased agricultural productivity of grains and advanced biofuels in the future.
UNO Television will provide coverage of the event, which will be streamed over the Senate committee’s Web site at http://agriculture.senate.gov/.
Witnesses scheduled to testify include:
* Bruce Babcock, professor of economics, Director, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, Iowa State University;
* Bruce Dale, associate director: Office of Biobased Technologies, distinguished university professor, department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at Michigan State University;
* Thomas Foust, biofuels technology manger, National Renewable Energy Laboratory;
* Jim Jenkins, chairman, Nebraska Ethanol Board;
* Bill Lapp, principal, Advanced Economic Solutions of Omaha;
* Jeff Lautt, executive vice president, corporate relations, POET;
* Dave Moody, president, Iowa Pork Producers Association;
* Dean Oestreich, chairman, Pioneer Hi-Bred, and vice-president, DuPont Agriculture and Nutrition; and
* Tim Recker, president, Iowa Corn Growers Association and Iowa farmer.
The hearing may last until noon. For more information, call (402) 554-3502.
UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.
UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.
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