A landmark conference exploring the future of the use of bioenergy in the region is to take place in Shropshire.

Delegates will discuss the importance of developing a regional supply chain of bioenergy at the event at Harper Adams College next month.

The conference, headlined by Sir Ben Gill, head of the Government's Biomass Task Force and former president of the National Farmers Union, will explore ways for farmers to diversify into creating bioenergy.

Nick Maskery, event organiser at Bioenergy West Midlands, said: "Within the region many bioenergy initiatives are already under way, but it is of critical importance that farmers, landowners and the public sector work closely together to create a regional supply chain.

"This is a landmark conference for the region because it will bring producers and enduser groups together for the first time, providing an excellent opportunity to explore new markets and share best practice."

The conference is being organised by event partners Bioenergy West Midlands, Energy West Midlands, NFU and the CLA.

Delegates including farm-ers, landowners and local authorities, will be provided with practical, business-focused advice on biomass, biofuels and biogas technology. Among the key conference topics, speaker presentations will address the current market barriers and opportunities,

the economic reality of supply chains and how local authorities can meet emissions targets. The conference is on February 14.

To register, contact Carole Hinks at Harper Adams University College at Chinks@harper-adams.ac.uk or telephone 01952 815324.