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WEBINAR: Alternatives to Petroleum (SOAP)-Jet — October 13, 2017

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WEBINAR:  Alternatives to Petroleum (SOAP)-Jet    —   October 13, 2017

Introducing New USDA NIFA AFRI CAP Grant Awardees Developing Regional AJF Supply Chains  Webinar Description:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recently announced six awards totaling $21.6 million through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) to support the development of alternative jet fuel (AJF), biobased products and biomaterials from renewable sources. Two of these grants were awarded to consortia-based Coordinated Agriculture Projects (CAP) led by the University of Arizona and University of Florida, and each is anticipated to receive up to $15 million over the duration of their five-year projects. 
*       The University of Arizona led effort entitled SBAR (Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions) will focus on the development and use of guayule and guar;
*       The University of Florida led effort entitled SPARC (Southeast Partnership for Advanced Renewables from Carinata) will focus on the development of carinata oilseeds.

Both projects have distinct linkage to jet fuel, along with CAAFI engagement, and have the potential to enable significant regional sustainable AJF supply chain development. The Project Leads from each CAP will talk about the focus, goals, and challenges of their work.

Dr. Kimberly Ogden is the director of the Institute for Advanced Energy Solutions and a Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering. She received her BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado and her PhD from the University of Colorado. She is a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and is currently the co-chair of the International Society for Water Solutions. Kim’s research focus includes bioreactor design for production of alternative fuels from algae, guayule and guar, as well as energy/water nexus research. She was the engineering technical lead for the National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts (NAABB). Her research in algae to biofuel continues through a Regional Algal Feedstock Testbed program funded by the Department of Energy. The goal of this project is to obtain long term outdoor algal cultivation data that will be available to the public for use in modeling and other research efforts, and demonstrate the feasibility of year round cultivation. Recently Kim is the PI for USDA-NIFA Challenge Area Project titled Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions. This is a joint project with NMSU, CSM, CSU, Bridgestone and USDA-ARS to investigate producing bioproducts and biofuels from guayule and guar.


Dr. David Wright is a Professor in the Agronomy Department at the University of Florida North Florida Research and Education Center. His duties include development and delivery of information to support county faculty and their clientele in agronomy in crop production and management. Research provides information for county faculty and agricultural industry on agronomic crops with a major focus on conservation technology production of peanuts, cotton, corn, soybean, small grains, and oil seed crops.  Present projects include developing and delivering a non-edible oilseed crop (Brassica carinata) as a “drop in” fuel for commercial and military use, in a way that fits current farming systems.  All of the projects he is involved with have a strong interdisciplinary perspective and incorporate systems level strategies and objectives to develop viable farm production systems.

Teleconference / WebEx information:

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*       Go to
*       Enter meeting number 888-273-3658
*       Enter access code 7271247
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*       Enter user names
*       Click “Submit”
*       Select “Participant”
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*CAAFI: Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative 

SOAP-Jet webinars are intended to provide a forum for members of the alternative jet fuel community to discuss progress and related gaps and challenges, share lessons learned, methodologies, and strategies in order to promote communication among stakeholders and enable commercialization of Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel (SAJF).

Read the USDA-NIFA-AFRI Award Announcement:

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