The Economics of Alternative Energy Sources and Globalization:
The Road Ahead

Embassy Suites Airport, Orlando, FL

Conference Agenda



4:00-5:30 Registration

5:00 S-1043 Committee Meeting

5:30 Welcome Reception


8:00-8:30 Registration

Plenary Session

8:30-10:00 Robert Rapier, Chief Technology Officer, Merica International, An Overview of the
Global Energy Issues

Hayden Milberg, Senior Economist, Senate Ag Committee, Views from the U.S. Senate Presentation

Jerry Hagstrom, National Journal's Congress Daily, A Journalist’s Perspective

10:00-10:30 Break

10:30-12:00 Harry Baumes, Bioenergy and the USDA: Policy Perspectives Presentation

David Zilberman, Deepak Rajagopal, Gal Hochman and Steve Sexton, The Economics of
Biofuel, Food, and the Environment

Bob Young, Is There a Role for Agriculture in our Nation’s Energy Supply? Presentation

12:00-2:00 Lunch

2:00-3:30 Kurt Klein and Danny Le Roy, Government Policies to Support Biofuel Production: Why
and to What Effect?

Troy Schmitz, James Seale and Andrew Schmitz, Ethanol and Hidden Subsidies in Brazil Presentation

Harry de Gorter, The Welfare Economics of Biofuel Policies and Indirect Land Use

3:30-4:00 Break

4:00-5:30 David Just, Measuring the ‘Subsidy’ Component of Biofuel Policies with International

Charles Moss, Troy Schmitz and Andrew Schmitz, Under What Conditions Would
Ethanol Be in Society’s Best Interest?

Daniel De La Torre Ugarte, The Role of Biofuels in the Transformation of Agriculture Presentation


Selected Papers/Concurrent Sessions

7:30-8:00 Registration

8:00-10:00 Concurrent Session 1: Trade Effects of Biofuels I: Markets, Policies and Price

Earhart A

Gerald Schwarz, Harald von Witzke and Steffen Noleppa, Impacts of Future Biofuel
Production and Energy Prices Scenarios on International Crop Production and Trade
Presentation Paper

Yuki Yano, David Blandford and Yves Surry, The Impact of Alternative Domestic and
Trade Policies for Biofuels on Market Variability in the United States
Presentation Paper

Zibin Zhang and Michael Wetzstein, Food versus Fuel: What do Prices Tell Us? Presentation

Ardian Harri and Darren Hudson, Mean and Variance Dynamics between Agricultural
Commodity Prices and Crude Oil Prices
Presentation Paper

Earhart B

Concurrent Session 2: Issues in Biofuels

Louisa Yanes, Johnathan Hladik and Michael Dworkin, Homegrown: Incentives for On-
Farm Biofuel Production and Consumption

Theodore J. Kury and Julie Harrington, The Marginal Effects of the Price for Carbon
Dioxide: Quantifying the Effects on the Market for Electric Generation in Florida
Presentation Paper

May M. Peters, Global Biofuels Expansion in an Uncertain Energy Price Environment Presentation Paper

Lindberg A

Concurrent Session 3: Biofuels and Structural Change

Charles Moss, Ashok Mishra and Tyler Mark, Impact of Farm Program Payment on Bio-
Fuel Sector: Implications for Structural Change

Teresa Duch-Carvallo and Jaime Malaga, Is Grain Sorghum an Alternative for Ethanol
Presentation Paper

Tyler Mark, Pablo Antonio Fuentes Garcia and Michael Salassi, Production of Biomass
in the Louisiana Sugarcane Belt: What Could it Mean for the Sugar Industry?
Presentation Paper

Osei Yeboah, Saleem Shaik and Ishmail Mintah, U.S. Biodiesel Trade: A Dynamic
Gravity Panel Approach
Presentation Paper

10:00-10:30 Break

Concurrent Session 4: Trade Effects of Biofuels II: Commodity Markets, Food and the

Earhart A

Wyatt Thompson, Seth Meyer and Pat Westhoff, U.S. Biofuel Policy Effects and
Agricultural Commodity Exports
Presentation Paper

Henry L. Bryant, Jiamin Lu, James W. Richardson and Joe L. Outlaw, Long-term Effects
of Increasing Ethanol Production on Agricultural Markets and Trade, World Land Use,
and Food Security
Presentation Paper

Rafael Costa, Dwi Susanto and Parr Rosson, Impacts of Expanded Biodiesel Production
on the World Soybean Market
Presentation Paper

Lindberg A

Concurrent Session 5: Feasibility of Biofuels in Alternative Settings

Thein Maung and Cole Gustafson, The Economic Feasibility of Fuel Ethanol Production
from Sugar Beets in North Dakota
Presentation Paper

Ivan R.Granja, John J. VanSickle, Lonnie Ingram and Rick Weldon, Critical Economic
Factors for Success of a Biomass Conversion Plant for Agricultural Residue, Yard
Residue and Wood Waste in Florida

Xiaolan Liu, Michael Farmer and Eric Belasco, The Economic Feasibility of Generating
Electricity from Biomass for Peak Load Demand at the South Plains of Texas
Presentation Paper

12:00 Adjourn

Economics of Alternative Energy Sources and Globalization: The Road Ahead
is a project of the S-1043 Regional Research Group: Impacts of Trade and Domestic Policies
on the Competitiveness and Performance of Southern Agriculture
Andrew Schmitz, Conference Chair