USDA senior advisor to speak on “Energy for the Bioeconomy at Auburn University

AUBURN – Jim Fischer, senior advisor to the USDA Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics, will present a seminar, “Energy for the Bioeconomy,” Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 3 p.m. in the Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Science conference hall.

Fischer will give an update on bioenergy and the latest developments in the global energy situation. The talk will be part of Fischer’s two-day visit to Auburn in which he will receive briefings and a tour of the university. A reception will follow.

Fischer holds a Ph.D. in agricultural engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. As a USDA research engineer in the 1970s, he published the design specifications for the original integrated on-farm energy system. He has served in professorial and dean positions at the University of Missouri, Michigan State University and Clemson University. He has provided leadership for national organizations and has led national programs envisioning the future of state and land-grant universities.

In 2003 he was appointed to the board of directors for the energy efficiency and renewable energy programs of the U.S. Department of Energy. As senior technical advisor he developed innovative partnerships and models of collaboration with universities, especially land-grant universities, as well as USDA, foundations and the agricultural, industrial and business communities. In 2007 he and his wife, Sharon, formed James R. Fischer and Associates, a company focused on technology and management issues at the intersection of agriculture and energy.

For more information about Fischer’s visit to Auburn, contact Leslie Parsons at 844-6147 or

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