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Register now for A-State Camelina Field Day, Friday, Oct. 18


JONESBORO, Ark. – Arkansas State University’s College of Agriculture and Technology is hosting a Camelina Field Day and Bioenergy Seminar on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, for extension agents, farmers, students, entrepreneurs and agri-business professionals at the A-State farm on Aggie Road in Jonesboro.

Field day activities will feature on-site camelina planting and processing demonstrations by BioBased Solutions, an A-State faculty consortium that focuses on aspects of the biomass-to-renewable-products industry. Seminar topics include when to plant camelina in Northeast and Central Arkansas, planting logistics and cultivation practices.

Field tours will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 11:45 a.m. The afternoon’s bioenergy seminar, 1:30-3 p.m. in Room 107 of the Arkansas Biosciences Institute, will feature the presentation, “Deconstruction of Biomass: Production of a Fermentable Sugar Stream and Extraction of Valuable Co-Products,” by Dr. Julie Carrier, professor of biological and agricultural engineering at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

“Our faculty and student researchers have been working with camelina, or camelina sativa, for almost a year now, said Dr. Timothy Burcham, dean of the College of Agriculture and Technology. “We believe it holds significant potential for the bioenergy industry, and we want to share information about its potential as a crop here in Arkansas.”

A complimentary barbecue lunch will be served around noon courtesy of the Craighead County Farm Bureau.

Registration is now open at A-State’s College of Agriculture and Technology website, www.astate.edu/college/agriculture-and-technology/index.dot. Choose the activity ‘Camelina Field Day’ and follow the prompts. The field day and seminar is free of charge to participants. The deadline for registration is 9 p.m., Monday, Oct. 14, 2013.

For more information about BioBased Solutions and biobased research at Arkansas State University, visit the research website www.biobasedsolutions.org, or Dr. Kevin Humphrey, 870.972.2087.

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Camelina sativa
Camelina sativa