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BioEnterprises & I-95 Development Summit Coming Up

Clemson University is co-hosting along with Francis Marion University and Florence-Darlington Technical College the BioEnterprises and I-95 Rural Economic Development Summit on September 19 and 20 in Florence. Jim Fredrick, Clemson University Extension Specialist based at the Pee Dee Research & Education Center explains purpose of the event:

“The main goal is to find what is out there in terms of new industries and opportunities and hopefully get those to consider moving to SC.”

Fredrick explains there’s at least one area of biomass fuel production and consumption that the summit will be focusing on:

“One area that we are interested in pursuing is the aviation fuel. We have researchers working on different feed stocks, crops and trees that could be used to make the aviation fuels. We still need a company to come in and take that feed stock and convert it into something that can be used by commercial airlines.”

There is a wide range of people that will be interested in attending the event says Fredrick:

“There will be a lot of updates in terms of research. All of our speakers will be using laymen terms as there will be a lot of people who don’t know a lot of the science behind it. There will be farmers, educators, scientists, economic development, private industry etc. It should be informative to both the general public and those working in these areas.”

And thanks to some grant money, the event is free:

“We received a federal grant to pay for the conference so there is no cost. It will not only be bio fuels, but new agribusiness enterprises and bio enterprises in general. It starts at 8am on both days, Sept 19-20.”

And while the summit is free to attend, Fredrick says they’d prefer those planning to attend to register:

“It helps us getter a better meal count, to register they can go to  “

The deadline to sign up is Monday, September 16th. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.