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Program Tracks

FEW Program Tracks

Track 1: Production and Operations – Biological Processes
Track 2: Production and Operations – Mechanical Processes and Plant Control
Track 3: Coproducts and Product Diversification
Track 4: Leadership and Financial Management

Track 1: Production and Operations – Biological Processes

Track 1 is tailored to industry professionals charged with marshaling their plant’s biological processes to their fullest potential. Lab professionals will appreciate the track’s sharp focus on yeast strains, yeast health and the use of enzymes to fully maximize plant fermentations. Finally, managing bacterial infection and plant hygiene protocols round out the focus of this track.

Topics within this Category Include:
  • Yield Maximization
  • Yeast Health
  • Yeast Strain Development
  • Bacterial Control
  • Lab/Quality Assurance/Quality Control
  • Lab Instrumentation and Calibration
  • Plant Hygiene
  • Fermentation Approaches

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Track 2: Production and Operations – Mechanical Processes and Plant Control

Track 2 casts its gaze on the non-biological aspects of ethanol plant operation. Potential topics include innovations in plant hardware, energy efficiency measures, water use and reuse and the stepwise process to drive down the carbon intensity of each gallon produced ethanol. This track also examines plant data capture, plant control strategy and artificial intelligence deployments.

Topics within this Category Include:
  • Process Optimization
  • Facility Enhancement
  • Process Control
  • Plant Diagnostics
  • Water Reuse/Efficiency
  • Maintenance
  • Analytical Methods and Standards
  • Abatement Technology
  • Process Safety Management
  • Grain Handling/Storage/Logistics

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Track 3: Coproducts and Product Diversification

Track 3 is customized for attendees responsible for producing and/or marketing distillers grains, distillers corn, as well as plant executives exploring product diversification strategies like fractionation and corn oil extraction. Topical panels are assembled specifically for plant personnel responsible for maximizing co-product quality and revenues. Innovation surrounding co-products and expanding their use are featured in Track 3.

Topics within this Category Include:
  • High Value Co-products (Protein)
  • Quality Control and Analysis
  • Merchandising/Sales/Trade
  • Fractionation/Extraction
  • Coproduct Innovations
  • Drying Technology
  • Enhanced Separation Technologies
  • Corn Oil Capture and Conversion
  • Existing and Emerging Feed Markets

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Track 4: Leadership and Financial Management

Track 4 is customized for ethanol industry executives, board members, directors and top-tier facility managers who have financial and/or managerial oversight of ethanol plants. From risk management and marketing to SEC reporting and accounting, this track is ideal for “C-level” executives, board members, investors, business managers, accountants, financial managers and other professionals engaged in plant/project finance and overall company management.

Topics within this Category Include:
  • Workplace Trends
  • Hiring Practices
  • Management and Training Practices
  • Workforce Training
  • Board Structuring/Training
  • Accounting/Financial
  • Risk Management
  • Commodity Margin Management
  • Insurance
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Project Finance/Development
  • Capital Expenditures
  • Environmental Health & Safety

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