The Great Experiment Conference

March 13 at 7:30 a.m. to March 14 at 12:15 p.m.

UTIA Campus - Brehm Animal Science Building

The Great Experiment Conference

Please join us at The Great Experiment Conference on March 13-14, 2017, as the UT Institute of Agriculture features and celebrates the knowledge gained from over a decade of switchgrass for biofuels science. This decade of experiments was initiated by a $980,000 grant from the federal government and followed by a $70 million investment by the State of Tennessee to develop the science for a Tennessee biofuels industry.

Come see how UTIA specialists from multiple disciplines pulled together in a joint venture to help Tennesseans and the country pursue the goal of reducing dependency on foreign oil.

Conference Focus Areas

  • Growing the Feedstock
  • Improving Genetic Material
  • Harvesting the Feedstock
  • Supply Chain
  • Environmental
  • Conversion
  • Market Possibilities and Contracting
  • Economic Feasibility and Implications to the Community
  • Regional Impacts
  • Reflections

Register online

Conference registration fee of $50 includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, coffee, and parking for both days.

Please contact Molly Green for any additional information at 865-974-3716 or or Dr. Burton English at

Conference Sponsors

University of Tennessee AgResearch
Center for Renewable Carbon
University of Tennessee Extension
Vienna Coffee House