The April 12-13 conference, Biofuels, Food and Feed Tradeoff, will examine the potential implications of biofuels for energy production, the food industry and the feed industry.

"Biofuels are at the heart of the current debate about national energy policies, and public and private investments in domestic energy production," says Farm Foundation Vice President Steve Halbrook. "This conference will examine key questions: What is the potential for biofuels production? What are the challenges and opportunities? What are the implications on the availability and cost of food, domestically and internationally? What are the implications to the livestock industry?

"By bringing together policy makers, industry leaders and key researchers, this conference will broaden understanding of the potential scenarios for the future," Halbrook adds. "The intent is to enhance informed decision making by leaders in the public and private sectors by providing an opportunity to better understand the research, the issues examined, the questions answered and the questions that remain."

Farm Foundation is organizing the conference in collaboration with USDA's Office of Energy Policy and New Uses, and USDA Rural Development. The event will be at the Marriott St. Louis Airport.

This conference is targeted to agribusiness leaders, representatives of bio-energy and petroleum industries, community and government leaders, researchers, academics, and farmers and ranchers.

The program will feature findings of research done by private industry, academia and the federal government on the diversity and complexity of opportunities and challenges generated by the nation's biofuels industry will be presented. The conference will also highlight on-going research in four broad areas of challenges related to biofuels, food and feed: production, distribution and logistics; environmental, co-products; and the global food supply.

Early bird registration is $160 and is available through March 21. After March 21, registration will be $200. Details of the program, registration and hotel information are at www.farmfoundation.org.

For more information, contact: Steve Halbrook, Vice President, Farm Foundation, steve@farmfoundation.org or Mary Thompson, Director of Communications, Farm Foundation, mary@farmfoundation.org