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Program Tracks

FEW Program Tracks

Track 1: Production and Operations Track 2: Leadership and Financial Management
Track 3: Coproducts and Product Diversification Track 4: Infrastructure and Market Development

Track 1: Production and Operations

Track 1 is tailored to industry professionals focused on production efficiency, plant optimization, process control, advanced maintenance, compliance, quality control, safety and other areas of facility operations. This track will particularly appeal to ethanol plant managers, operations managers, process engineers, maintenance managers, lab managers, commodities managers, operators and other personnel seeking the latest production and operational solutions.

Topics within this Category Include:
  • Yield Maximization
  • Process Optimization
  • Facility Enhancement
  • Bacterial Control
  • Process Control
  • Plant Diagnostics
  • Water Reuse/Efficiency
  • Maintenance
  • Lab/Quality Assurance/Quality Control
  • Analytical Methods and Standards
  • Environmental/Regulatory Compliance
  • Abatement Technology
  • Process Safety Management
  • Environmental Health & Safety
  • Grain Handling/Storage/Logistics
  • Equipment/Technology Innovations

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Track 2: Leadership and Financial Management

Track 2 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
  • Policy/Markets/RINS
  • Insurance
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Project Finance/Development
  • Capital Expenditures
  • Bankruptcies/Distressed Facilities
  • SEC Reporting

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Track 3: Coproducts and Product Diversification

Track 3 is customized for attendees responsible for producing and/or marketing distillers grains, as well as plant executives exploring product diversification strategies like fractionation and corn oil extraction. From production technology to international trade, this track will include a cross-section of issues central to commodities managers, risk managers, distillers grains merchandisers, lab managers, researchers and animal nutritionists alike.

Topics within this Category Include:
  • Production Trends
  • High Value Coporducts
  • Quality Control and Analysis
  • Microbial Control/Antibiotics
  • Non-Antibiotic Solutions
  • Merchandising/Sales/Trade
  • Fractionation/Extraction
  • Coproduct Innovations
  • Drying Technology
  • Enhanced Separation Technologies
  • Transportation
  • Product Standardization

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Track 4: Infrastructure and Market Development

Fully realized the Renewable Fuel Standard calls for the inclusion of 36 billion gallons of biofuels in the nation’s transportation fuels market, more than double its current market share. The growth of the industry hinges upon its ability to open market pathways and leverage them to win increased market share and move more gallons. Panels in this track will feature industry professionals at work on this important task and will feature presentations on the state of flex-fuel vehicles, mid-level blends and blender pumps and the practicality of E15 as a means to near-term market growth.

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