Free switchgrass seminar at Walters State

Clean energy is all the rage these days — and it should be. For decades politicians have been blathering about breaking our dependence on oil but doing little to actually make it happen.

As the BP mess in the Gulf proves, we need viable alternatives to oil-based energy.

111809biofuel10.mc12369.jpgTo raise awareness of clean energy technologies and potential job opportunities, the Center for Workforce Education at Walters State Community College in Morristown is holding a seminar next week on switchgrass production and bioenergy.

The event is at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 27, in Room 110 of the Clifford “Bo” Henry Technology Building.

There is no charge to attend the seminar, but reservations are required. To make reservations or learn more, call 423-318-2348 or send an e-mail to

The program will be presented by Dr. Sam Jackson, vice president of feedstock operations for
 Genera Energy
and a research assistant professor in the Office of Bioenergy Programs at the University of Tennessee.

 Next week’s seminar is part of a series of green events held at the Center for Workforce Education, Cowart said. The events are intended to provide information for the general public, industry professionals and government agencies.

Photo: KNS file photo by J. Miles Cary.

Glenn Shaw, left, a farmer talks with Jack Miller, center, AGCO Corp. and Kyle Althoff, Dupont Danisco Energy Corp. at a demonstration of farm equipment for harvesting and baling switchgrass for use in biofuel production. The men are standing in front of bailed switchgrass.