Lunch ‘n Learn Tour: Commercial Poultry Heating Alternatives


Friday, May 19, 2017 - 10:30am to 2:00pm
Hillcrest Family Restaurant
Banquet Room
1004 Shamrock Lane
Albany  Minnesota  56307
United States

Hosted by

West Central Clean Energy Resource Team (WC CERT); Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI)

Register for this free event online at or call 612-626-0555!

furnace - thermal biomass

Poultry farmers are invited to join AURI and WC CERT to learn about wood heat as an alternative thermal source for commercial poultry operations.

Attendees will learn about a commercially designed 1.65 MMBtu wood chip furnace, fuel cost savings, robust flock production, and performance in a live production environment from the project manager, Fritz Ebinger, and area farmer and project host, Bill Koenig.

Attendees will also learn about financing mechanisms through the USDA, county government, and MN Dept. of Ag to fund equipment and improvements for poultry operations.

This educational event is free and open to all poultry farmers. A light lunch is included.

10:30 Welcome & Introductions – Fritz Ebinger & Alan Doering

10:45 Wood Heat for Commercial Poultry Heating Case Study – Fritz Ebinger

11:15 Biomass Opportunities for Agricultural Operations – Alan Doering, AURI

11:30 Financing Opportunities with Property Accessed Clean Energy (PACE), MN Dept. of Ag, and USDA – Peter Lindstrom and Fritz Ebinger, CERTs

11:45 Q&A

12:00 Lunch

12:45 Caravan to Bill Koenig’s Poultry Farm

1:00 Tour and Demo of 1.65 MMBtu biomass furnace (booties will be provided)

2:00 Adjourn

Note regarding biosecurity concerns: The barn we visit will be empty on May 19th in the middle of a clean-out period, and no one will be allowed to enter the production floor. The furnace is in a separate lean-to section. Regardless, booties will be provided for folks as a precautionary measure.

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    CERTs Partners:

Minnesota Department of Commerce University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships and Extension Great Plains Institute Southwest Regional Development Commission