University of Wyoming Extension News

Farm-scale plant to produce biofuel at SAREC field day July 26

Biofuel will be made onsite and a demonstration of wind and solar power to pump stock water will be at the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center (SAREC) field day Thursday, July 26.

A farm-scale biofuel production plant will compress canola and make biofuel oil, said Jim Freeburn, director of SAREC, which is near Lingle. UW faculty will present Roundup Ready sugar beet research.

Also onsite will be solar and wind energy demonstrations from the University of Wyoming. The solar/wind energy demonstration trailer has solar photovoltaic panels, a generator and a submersible pump. The technology was developed by the University of Wyoming Electric Motor Training and Testing Center as a renewable energy alternative to fossil fuel for pumping water for livestock.

A free cream can lunch will be at noon for tour participants. Refreshments will be served at 8:30 a.m. Tours start at 9 a.m. and include:

* Biofuel research by UW agronomist and Department of Plant Sciences Professor Jim Krall. Camelina, canola, brown mustard and sunflower trials will be viewed.

* Fetal programming steers project in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service Fort Keogh Livestock and Range Research Laboratory near Miles City, Mont.

* UW plant sciences Research Scientist Bill Stump will present sugar beet and potato disease research.

* Northern bean trials by SAREC Research Scientist Jack Cecil.

* Roundup Ready sugar beet research.

SAREC was formed in 2002 as the result of combining the Archer and Torrington research and extension centers. SAREC comprises 1,522 acres of dry land cropland, 349 acres of irrigated cropland, 1,880 acres of rangeland, 19 acres of irrigated organic cropland, 40 acres of dry land organic cropland, a feedlot and a livestock research laboratory. A dormitory for researchers and a wet lab are planned additions.

On the Web: http://uwadmnweb.uwyo.edu/uwexpstn/SAREC.asp

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