WASHINGTON, March 19, 2012—Later this month, the Department of Agriculture will host a "match making day" to promote connections between agricultural producers of energy feedstocks (and their related businesses) with biorefiners seeking to produce biofuels for commercial sale and consumption. Officials from the U.S. Department of Navy, U.S. Department of Energy, and the Federal Aviation Administration will also attend.
"America needs and is developing a reliable, sustainable, fuel supply. If we are able to produce more of it here at home – rather than relying on foreign oil – we'll generate good, middle-class jobs and strengthen our economy in the long run," said Sarah Bittleman, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Agriculture. "That is why USDA and the Obama administration are working with our federal partners, states and private industry to pursue an 'all-of-the-above' energy strategy to promote American-produced renewable energy coupled with domestic oil and gas production."
Bittleman said that there are key relationships that will determine our success in the effort to develop and deploy aviation biofuels. The objectives of this USDA hosted match making session will be to improve awareness and increase understanding of the biofuels supply-chain links between those involved in feedstock production and the processors of that feedstock into biofuels. This includes logistical challenges, potential roles of service providers, and potential pitfalls.
At this meeting, federal officials will provide a short profile of each section of the supply chain and representatives from the participating stakeholders will respond with brief presentations that outline their experiences in that respective supply chain sector, barriers encountered and lessons learned. They will outline potential growth and opportunities.
Short presentations will be made at the top of each hour leaving time for discussion at each table, at which a representative from each of the sectors of the biofuels supply chain should be seated, as well as one or more government official.
The event will be held on Friday, March 30th at USDA Headquarters (Whitten Building Patio) 1400 Independence Ave, SW, Washington, D.C. from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. It's free but you must register.
TO REGISTER, please e-mail: OSEC-RESupplyChain@osec.usda.gov
with following information:
Names and Titles of Attendees:
Please Describe Your Position on the Biofuels Production Value Chain: (feedstock seed developer or provider, feedstock grower or harvester, feedstock processor, feedstock transporter, feedstock storer, bio-refiner, feedstock machinery manufacturer/provider, other).
For more information, please dial 202-401-0461.
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