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Field day to focus on agriculture's role in alternative energy

Agriculture is growing more than just food and clothing these days, local researchers say. Because energy is the latest potential crop to be harvested, a field day featuring agriculture's role in the energy industry is scheduled for Aug. 8.

"Alternative Energy Sources from Agriculture" will be the theme of this year's summer field tour, said Dr. Bill Payne, Experiment Station crop stress physiologist and coordinator of the field day.

The field day will be held at the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station and U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agriculture Research Service research facilities west of Bushland.

The research farm has long been known for the non-traditional windmills, and wind energy will be discussed at the field day, Payne said.

But wind energy is only one aspect of alternative energy, he said. Other research projects that will be discussed are: feedlots and bioenergy, solar energy, and potential ethanol production from perennial wheat, sorghum, dryland corn and grass mixtures.

Dr. Mark Hussey of College Station, Experiment Station director, will be the keynote speaker. He will outline the statewide Experiment Station research program and future directions in biofuels.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m., and the tours will start at 9:30 a.m. A noon meal will be served.

For more information, contact Kay Ledbetter, Experiment Station communications specialist, at 806-677-5600.

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