Alternative fuel meeting set for Pacific Northwest

MISSOULA, Mont. – Researchers, educators, economists and business leaders will gather to discuss progress  and future challenges to develop a residual woody biomass to jet fuel industry in the Pacific Northwest.

The Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) will hold its first annual meeting in Missoula, Mont., Sept. 13-14 at the Hilton Garden Inn Missoula Conference Center. Doors will open at 12:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, and the meeting will begin at 1 p.m. It is open to the public at no charge.

The meeting will feature panel discussions and presentations focused on sustainable biojet feedstocks, rural economic development, supply chain coalitions and energy literacy.

A video greeting will be made by U.S. Sen. Jon Tester of Montana, followed by opening remarks from City of Missoula Mayor John Engen and U.S. Department of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) National Programs Director Bill Goldner.

NARA is an alliance of researchers, educators and economists from universities, businesses, and non-governmental and governmental institutions dedicated to help create a sustainable residual woody biomass to biojet fuel and value added co-products industry in the Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana region.

Created in fall 2011, the alliance is led by Washington State University and primarily funded by a $40 million, five-year Agriculture and Food Research Initiative competitive grant from the USDA-NIFA.

Missoula recently was established as the first NARA supply-chain coalition community. Additional supply-chain coalition communities will be established in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

To attend the meeting, you can sign up here. An optional lunch will be available on Sept. 14 for $15.

A meeting agenda can be obtained here.

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