Now in its 31st year, the FEW provides the global ethanol industry with cutting-edge content and unparalleled networking opportunities in a dynamic business-to-business environment. The FEW is the largest, longest running ethanol conference in the world—and the only event powered by Ethanol Producer Magazine.
From its inception, the mission of the event has remained constant: The FEW delivers timely presentations with a strong focus on commercial-scale ethanol production – from quality control and yield maximization to regulatory compliance and fiscal management. The FEW is also the ethanol industry’s premier forum for unveiling new technologies and research findings. The program extensively covers cellulosic ethanol while remaining committed to optimizing existing grain ethanol operations.
The 2015 FEW program is segmented into four concurrent tracks:
- Track 1: Production & Operations
- Track 2: Leadership & Financial Management
- Track 3: Coproducts & Product Diversification
- Track 4: Cellulosic & Advanced Ethanol
In addition to spot-on technical presentations hand-picked by an abstract rating committee of nearly 40 industry experts, the FEW offers superb networking forums alongside the largest, most widely attended expo in the business.
BBI International has owned and operated the FEW since 1995. In that time, the event has grown from 188 attendees and 13 exhibitors to 2,000-plus attendees and 300 exhibitors. The event typically draws industry professionals from every U.S. state and more than 30 countries. Upwards of 500 plant personnel from ethanol facilities all over the world attend the FEW each year. BBI plans to once again give two free full-access passes to every existing and under construction ethanol plant, globally, facilitating the attendance of hundreds of top-level plant managers, executives and board members. It is a fitting reminder that the FEW is, and always will be, a conference made for producers.
You’ll Join More Than 2,000 Professionals Focused on Ethanol – Be a part of the largest gathering of ethanol professionals in the world. The best ethanol industry products and services will be there.
Producers will be Attending – During the Last Three Years, 400+ Producers, Representing 87% of U.S. Capacity Attended Each Year.
Four Focused Sessions – With four tracks focused on Production, Leadership & Financial Management, Coproducts and Cellulosic & Advanced Ethanol, you’ll be able to go in-depth on the topics that best interest you.
Strong Business Connections – Based on our surveys, 95% of attendees connect with the right people and make business deals happen.
Multiple Networking Sessions – As an attendee, you’ll meet people and share your experience, products and/or services multiple times throughout the show.
Conference Social Media Site – You’ll be able to gain access to attendees and communicate with them directly on Ethanol Connect, a Social media site exclusive only to conference attendees.
Food and Drinks are Included – As an attendee of the conference you’ll enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in the expo hall. In addition to food, the bar in the expo hall will be open.
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
- 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
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
- Risk Management
- Commodity Margin Management
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- Project Finance/Development
- Capital Expenditures
- Bankruptcies/Distressed Facilities
- SEC Reporting
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
- Coproduct Innovations
- Drying Technology
- Enhanced Separation Technologies
- Product Standardization
Track 4: Cellulosic and Advanced Ethanol – Track 4 is tailored for the broad spectrum of attendees interested in cellulosic and advanced ethanol-research, development and demonstration, feedstock technology and logistics, policy, projects and commercialization updates. This track will benefit ethanol plant personnel, researchers, engineers, growers, waste generators and aggregators, process technology providers and other industry service providers contributing to the development of crucial pathways to commercializing industrial-scale cellulosic and advanced ethanol production. Topics within this Category Include:
- Conversion Technologies
- Corn/Cellulosic Integration
- Cropping Strategies
- Biomass Logistics
- Dedicated Energy Crops
- Regional Feedstock Opportunities
- Demonstration Facility Updates
- Pathways from Existing Inputs
- Value-Added Products
- Cost Analysis
- Producer Perspectives
- Project Finance
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