NORMAN, Oklahoma -- Representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, research institutions and others will speak at the 2006 Conference on Biofuels Oct. 3-4 at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. James Woolsey, former director of the CIA, will be the keynote speaker, addressing the relationship between national security and the development of alternative transportation fuels. Other speakers include policy leaders and international transportation and energy companies. Attendees will be updated on the growth in the U.S. biofuels industry, learn about current and emerging research and development initiatives, and be among the first to hear about Oklahoma's emerging biorefining sector. Scheduled speakers also include Dr. John Ferrell, Office of Biomass Programs, United States Department of Energy; Thomas Dorr, Under Secretary for Rural Development, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture; Cynthia Riley, technology manager, Biomass Program, National Renewable Research Laboratory; Lou Burke, manager of Alternative Energy & Programs, ConocoPhillips; Dr. Ray Huhnke, professor, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Oklahoma State University; Dr. Lance Lobban, director and Francis Winn Chair, School of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Oklahoma; Anna Rath, director of business development, Ceres-Inc.; Dr. Joe Bouton, Noble Foundation; Dr. David Bransby, Auburn University; Dr. Paul Zorner, Diversa; Maurice Hladik, marketing director, Iogen and others. For more information or registration, visit or call 1-800-203-5494.

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