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WSU Ferry County Extension Hosts Bio Energy Day 2010 on April 23

OKANOGAN, Wash. — Washington State University Colville Reservation – Ferry County Extension will be hosting a Regional Bio Energy Workshop to educate the masses about bioenergy and environmental issues. Bio Energy Day 2010 is slated for April 23.

Bio Energy Day 2010 will host several speakers who are experts on a range of environmental subjects, including forest biomass utilization, selling carbon credits, and canola oil and biodiesel production. Additionally, numerous demonstrations will be held to exhibit effective energy methods to participants.

In addition to educating participants about environmental issues, Bio Energy Day 2010 hopes to build support for a number of projects the Extension center is working on, including a biodiesel project aimed to serve rural communities.

It is important to highlight energy issues in rural communities like Okanogan, said Phil Linden, coordinator of the event.

“Bioenergy in these sorts of communities is a very significant issue because the energy landscape is a very volatile market,” Linden said. “When something affects the economy so much, it is really important to have good information and do things right. That is why Bio Energy Day is so important.”

Bio Energy Day 2010 is being held from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Colville Confederated Tribe Energy Department headquarters located at 71 Rodeo Trail Rd. in Okanogan. There is no charge to attend the event and lunch will be provided for those who register by April 20. For more information, or to register, call 509-634-2304 or visit www.ferry.wsu.edu.

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Marketing, News, and Educational Communications intern Kathryn R. Sullivan wrote this news story.