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NDSU Bioindustry Summit set for May 12

The summit will explore changing consumer attitudes, and technological and political conditions, and their impacts on the region's bioeconomy.

Agriculture, technology and industry interests will converge during the 2016 Bioindustry Summit on May 12 in the Memorial Union on the North Dakota State University campus.

The summit will explore changing consumer attitudes, and technological and political conditions, and their impacts on the region's bioeconomy.

"With volatile energy and agricultural commodity prices, interest in value-added opportunities is growing," says David Ripplinger, NDSU assistant professor and bioenergy specialist. "The summit is a premier venue for farmers, innovators, entrepreneurs, academics and government to meet."

This year's summit will include a government networking event where innovators, entrepreneurs and investors will be able to visit informally with program specialists from a number of state and federal agencies.

A research and development showcase will highlight research from regional scientists. Interested individuals should submit their ideas using the summit's electronic system at https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/bioepic/2016-bio-industry-summit.

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The summit will open with registration and a continental breakfast at 7:45 a.m. on May 12.

Featured speakers and their topics are:

The fight for the future of food: Untangling the rhetoric and the science – Bruce Chassy, University of Illinois professor emeritus

Vermont's genetically modified labeling law meets the Constitution and World Trade Organization – Thomas Redick, of Global Environmental Ethics Counsel

Toward sustainability and the biobased promise – Dennis Hall, Ohio Bioproducts Innovation Center

Also visit https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/bioepic/2016-bio-industry-summit to learn more about the summit or register.

The summit is sponsored by NDSU, the NDSU Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, the Bioscience Association of North Dakota, North Dakota Farmers Union, North Dakota Corn Utilization Council, North Dakota Department of Commerce and U.S. Department of Energy.

For more information, contact Ripplinger at 701-231-5265 or david.ripplinger@ndsu.edu or Ken Hellevang at 701-231-7243 or kenneth.hellevang@ndsu.edu.

–NDSU

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