Published on 07/28/11

NASCAR driver to headline SE bioenergy conference in Tifton, Ga.

By Brad Haire

“Energizing the Southeast” will be the theme of the 6th annual Southeast Bioenergy Conference Aug. 9-11 at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton, Ga.

NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Kenny Wallace and co-host of NASCARS’ "Race Day" and "Victory Lane" TV programs will kick things off as the keynote speaker Aug. 9.

NASCAR announced earlier this year it will race with E15 fuel in its three national touring series in 2011, using Sunoco Green E15, a 15-percent ethanol blend using American-made ethanol from corn grown by American farmers. Wallace, who drives the No. 09 American Ethanol Toyota Camry, will give his views on the switch.

Other topics at the conference will include global markets, promising energy crops for the Southeast, ethanol production, creating bioenergy coalitions and much more. Vendors and participants from around the country and the world are expected.

To find out more or to register, go to the website or call (229) 386-7274.

Brad Haire is the former news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.