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1 1 The Role of R&D in Enhancing Profitability Bridging to New Opportunities Presented to the 2004 Virginia Agriculture Summit Feb 24, 2004 Jim Porterfield American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture

2 Am. Inst. of Sustainable Science & Technology Inc.2 Profits from Small Diameter Logs The LPSA Technology (Light Post-tensioned Segmented Arch) Ibrahim Al-Khattat

3 Am. Inst. of Sustainable Science & Technology Inc.3 10 m (35 ft) LPSA pedestrian bridge

4 Am. Inst. of Sustainable Science & Technology Inc.4 10 m (35 ft) LPSA bridge

5 Am. Inst. of Sustainable Science & Technology Inc.5 Projected 20 m LPSA Bridge

6 Am. Inst. of Sustainable Science & Technology Inc.6 LPSA Connector for 20 m Bridge

7 Am. Inst. of Sustainable Science & Technology Inc.7 LPSA spiral staircase

8 Am. Inst. of Sustainable Science & Technology Inc.8 LPSA spiral staircase for an observation tower

9 Am. Inst. of Sustainable Science & Technology Inc.9 2.Profitable technologies: Small Diameter Timber (SDT): as a superb structural material for buildings and bridges of all sizes, shapes and applications. The LPSA: generating profitable farm-based industries and products.

10 Am. Inst. of Sustainable Science & Technology Inc.10 Processing energy (GJ/m 3 ) for various construction materials

11 Am. Inst. of Sustainable Science & Technology Inc.11 LPSA Building, N. Wales, U.K.

12 Am. Inst. of Sustainable Science & Technology Inc.12 Award winning LPSA building, N. Wales, U.K.

13 Am. Inst. of Sustainable Science & Technology Inc.13 LPSA Connector unit, N. Wales, U.K.

14 Am. Inst. of Sustainable Science & Technology Inc.14 LPSA Building, N. Wales, U.K.

15 Am. Inst. of Sustainable Science & Technology Inc.15 20 m LPSA research bridge & dome, U.K.

16 Am. Inst. of Sustainable Science & Technology Inc.16 Projected 18 m LPSA highway bridge

17 Am. Inst. of Sustainable Science & Technology Inc.17 SDT Conclusions Diversification of income, esp. for family farm businesses. Vast resource (SDT) may spare remaining natural forests. Profitable forest mngmt / fire prevention. SDT as a basis for sustainable devpt. Major implications for construction, recycling and forest products industries.

18 18 NO-TILL COTTON Photo Courtesy of Ronnie Barentine

19 19 Photo Courtesy of Ronnie Barentine Research Adjusted the Equipment

20 20 No-Till Saves Oil, Toil and Soil Photo Courtesy of Ronnie Barentine

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22 22 NEW UREA FERTILIZERS Stabl-U LN chip Inside Nurea NPK Cornstarch & Perlite ENS Polymer Coating

23 23 2003 NEW US INVENTION 10X60X LN MICROCHIPS INSIDE UREA PREVENTS GROUND WATER LEACHING. Photos Courtesy of Bi-En Corp

24 24 Urea 0.5% LN5% LN MICROCHIPS IN UREA EXPANDS UREAS ACTION

25 25 Soluble LN Calcium (Ca ++ ) = Stronger Plants 2001 Greenhouse tray, in seed furrow drenchArise Research & Discovery; Martinville, Ill. Stabl-U is urea with a micro chip of Lime Nitrogen Stabilizer fertilizer in each granule 2001 # of N per acre 12 12

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31 31 Stabilized Dairy Wastewater

32 32 Nurea 38-3-4 slow release N- P- K

33 33 ENS Polymer Coated Urea Slow Release Better or = yields Less NO 2 emission Less Leaching

34 34 Conclusions Dont Forget to Research Some of the New Fertilizer and Construction Technologies Because of their Energy Efficiency Potentials, DOE Might be Potential Research Funding Source.


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