BUILDING BASICS: Over the past decade, the FEW has hosted many preworkshop seminars, some attracting hundreds of participants. Here, a speaker fields questions about how lenders structure ethanol plant debt. More than 300 people attended this 2007 seminar.
BACK AND FORTH: The breakout sessions at the FEW are particularly well known for allowing audience interaction. Time is allotted at the conclusion of each panel for a question-and-answer period. Here, longtime FEW attendee Jim Hettenhaus engages an FEW speaker from a floor microphone.
SCALING UP: The FEW’s breakout sessions often take on ambitious, even provocative topics. Philip Madson, president of Katzen International, is a perennially stimulating FEW speaker. Here, Madson shares his views on incorporating cellulosic ethanol into existing starch-based ethanol plants with “generation 1.5” technologies.
ASTUTE AUDIENCE: FEW presenters speak to audiences that are well-trained and highly knowledgeable. Speakers understand that producers turn to the FEW for operational and management guidance that helps them operate their facilities more efficiently and profitably.
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POPULAR PANELS: Today, the FEW breakout sessions are divided into four tracks. The most popular panels, individually, attract 300-plus attendees, eclipsing the entire attendance of early FEWs.
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