Natural Gas Utilization by Ohio Agriculture

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 9:00 - 4:00 pm

Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center

The Ohio State University

2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, OH 43210

Thanks to shale development, oil and natural gas markets have decoupled in the United States, and gas has been consistently inexpensive during the last five years. Low prices for that fuel are in turn driving demand growth in various sectors, including electricity generation and the powering of buses, delivery trucks, and other fleet vehicles. Farmers and agribusiness proprietors are also interested in switching to natural gas from diesel and other fuels.

This one-day workshop will feature expert speakers, including representatives of enterprises that use natural gas, who will address technical, economic, and regulatory factors influencing fuels for greenhouse operations and grain-drying and the adoption of machinery and farm implements powered by CNG and LNG. The option of group-purchasing will also be examined. The ultimate aim of the workshop is to improve participants’ understanding of the circumstances under which natural gas is the best fuel choice as well as conditions that favor other fuels.

Workshop agenda

Bios of presenters & panelists


PowerPoint presentations

Primer on the Energy and Environmental Aspects of Natural Gas and Its Uses in Internal Combustion Engines, James Durand, Ohio State Center for Automotive Research coming soon

Running Tractors and Other Farm Implements on Natural Gas, Scott Shearer, Ohio State Food, Agricultural & Biological Engineering coming soon

Natural Gas for Ohio's Greenhouse Industry, Peter Ling, Ohio State Food, Agricultural & Biological Engineering and OARDC

Natural Gas Aggregation and Marketing Programs, Brooke Leslie, Senior Counsel, NiSource

Ohio Power Siting Board & Natural Gas, Steven Irwin, Ohio Power Siting Board

What Farmers Offered an Oil or Gas Well for "Free" Need to Know, William Ziegler, Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Video of the morning presentations will be available soon