01 Feb 2016 – The Farm to Fly Biodiesel Research Study Kickoff occurred in Fort Pierce, FL. Nearly 100 science and industry leaders gathered at Treasure Coast Research Park facilities to discuss potential for using locally-produced crops for biofuel development to power transportation vehicles, such as passenger jets. The event included panel discussions, networking events, and roundtables, with an additional focus on creating a comprehensive list of what constitutes feasibility for a sustainable fuel project in the Fort Pierce region of Florida. The goal of the project is to leverage land that has been laid fallow due to loss of the region’s citrus crop to greening disease. Mike Adams, Treasure Coast Research Park Board Chair and agribusiness owner noted that an advanced alternative jet fuel project in the region “offers opportunities to improve the state’s water quality, jet fuel distribution network, and to expand the growth of the state’s air transportation sector.”
USDA Florida State Director Richard Machek, presented a check for $97,000 in USDA funding to the Treasure Coast Education Research and Development Authority (TCERDA) for research and development of a collaborative with focus on Florida’s long term need for alternative jet fuel.
For more details, the news release can be read here .