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New York Ag Connection - 01/24/2020

Student scientists showcased dynamic campus biodiesel programs and research during the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Tampa, Fla., this week. From leading biodiesel production on campus to conducting research that could help shape the industry, student scientists are leading the environmental challenge nationwide.

"The students with us in Tampa are the real deal -- not waiting until they finish school to pursue their passion for biodiesel," said Don Scott, director of sustainability for the National Biodiesel Board. "Many are already hard at work producing biodiesel for campus vehicles, helping to reduce the carbon footprint on their communities. Others are conducting important research on everything from feedstock to process technology, which they presented to the industry during the conference."

This year, 15 university-level science majors interested in learning about all aspects of the biodiesel industry received travel scholarships to attend the conference. The students come from Goldengate International College; Iowa State University; Loyola University Chicago; North Carolina State University; State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry; University of Idaho; University of Kansas; University of Minnesota and Yale University. NBB, the United Soybean Board, the National Biodiesel Foundation and the Kansas Soybean Commission sponsored the scholarships.

The students are members of the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel and received scholarships through the program to attend. Led by NBB, the NGSB program is designed to foster professional relationships between budding and established scientists, share accurate information, and increase collaboration with academia and the biodiesel industry.

The year 2020 also marks the 10th Anniversary of the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel program. Since its inception, nearly 200 students have attended the National Biodiesel Conference, gaining valuable knowledge and connections. Program alumni have gone on to work in the biodiesel industry, start their own energy or feedstock companies, manage biodiesel lab facilities, and even serve on the World Energy Council.

The National Biodiesel Board hosts this annual must - attend event to facilitate business, education, and networking. The National Biodiesel Conference & Expo is put on with the generous support of industry sponsors. Made from an increasingly diverse mix of resources such as recycled cooking oil, soybean oil and animal fats, biodiesel is a renewable, clean-burning diesel replacement that can be used in existing diesel engines without modification. It is the nation's first domestically produced, commercially available advanced biofuel. NBB is the U.S. trade association representing the entire biodiesel and renewable diesel value chain, including producers, feedstock suppliers, and fuel distributors.

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