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2017 Carinata Summit March 29-31

2017 Carinata Summit March 29-31

A field of carinata growing at the UF/IFAS Quincy Research Station. Photo Credit: David Wright, UF/IFAS

Brassica Carinata Summit

March 29-31, 2017

North Florida Research and Education Center – Quincy Florida
155 Research Road, Quincy, FL 32351

This three-day conference will focus on the latest research on varieties, pest management, and production of carinata, an alternative bio-fuel crop with real potential for southeastern production.  Speakers will focus on: Carinata market update, Technical sessions, Carinata production and management, Research plot tours, Commercial production sites tour, and more.  Days 1 and 2 are reserved for meetings and research plot tours at Quincy, and day 3 will be the commercial production sites tour.

Brassica Carinata Summit Agenda (All times are Eastern)

March 29, 2017

  • 8:30 AM – Registration
  • 9:00-9:15 AM – Introduction –Nicolas Comerford (UF-NFREC)
  • 9:15-9:25 AM – Opening Remarks – UF Associate Dean of Research
  • 9:25-9:35 AM – Biofuels and agriculture in the Southeast US-What’s in it for the agricultural community? – Kelly Burk-FDACS-Office of Energy
  • 9:40-10:05 AM – Global presence of carinata. Markets and implications for the US bioeconomy – Alex Clayton-Agrisoma
  • 10:10-10:30 AM – Research gaps and needs to build a sustainable bioeconomy-a USDA perspective-Toby Ahrens-USDA-NIFA
    • 10:35-10:45 AM – BREAK
  • 10:45:11:05 AM – Fuel certification, bioproduct ventures and commercialization pathway updates-Ed Coppola/Chuck Red-Applied Research Associates
  • 11:10-11:30 AM – Aviation alternative fuel demand and supply status/RFS2 and beyond- Steve Csonka-CAAFI
  • 11:30-11:50 AM – Regulatory aspects of carinata feedstock and fuel production-Alex Clayton
  • 11:50 to Noon  – Panel Discussion:
    • Noon to 1:30 PM – CATERED LUNCH
  • 1:30-4:00 PM – Field tours (Quincy)
    • Station 1: Agronomy (tillage, nutrient management, and more)
    • Station 2: The Agrisoma-UF Brassica carinata crop improvement program-Rick Bennett
    • High throughput phenotyping (HTP) tools for Brassica carinata-Ian Small and James Clohessy ADJOURN -4:00 PM

March 30, 2017

  • 8:30 AM – Registration
  • 9:00-9:05 AM – Introduction-Ian Small (UF-NFREC)
  • 9:05-9:25 AM – A cropping system fit analysis of Brassica carinata in the Southeast US context-David Wright (UF-NFREC)
  • 9:30-9:50 AM – An economic analysis of commercial Brassica carinata production in FL, GA, and AL -Jeff Klingenberg –Agrisoma
  • 9:55-10:10 AM – Harvest management practices for Brassica carinata management practices for the Southeast-Ramdeo Seepaul (UF-NFREC)
  • 10:15-10:35 AM  – Nutrient management in Brassica carinata-Mike Mulvaney (UF-WFREC)
    • 10:40-10-50 AM – BREAK
  • 10:50-11:10 AM – Emerging diseases and pests of Brassica carinata-Ian Small and Austin Hagan
  • 11:10-11:25 AM – Herbicide chemistry updates for Brassica carinata-Barry Brecke (UF-WFREC)
  • 11:30-11:50 AM – Brassica carinata production update from Uruguay
  • 11:50 to Noon – Panel Discussion
    • Noon to 1:30 PM – CATERED LUNCH
  • 1:30-1:45 PM – Updates on Brassica carinata breeding effort-Rick Bennett (Agrisoma)
  • 1:50-2:05 PM – Sensor and imaging based high throughput phenotyping of Brassica carinata James Clohessy and Ian Small-(UF-NFREC)
  • 2:10-2:30 PM – Florida feeding trials with beef cattle – Nicolas DiLorenzo (UF-NFREC)
  • 2:30-2:50 PM – South Dakota feeding trials with beef cattle-Derek Brake (SDSU)
    • 2:50-3:05 PM – Break
  • 3:05-3:20 PM – Quantifying the contribution of native and non-native pollinators to Brassica carinata yield and B. carinata’s impact on pollinator health
  • 3:20-3:35 PM – South Dakota life cycle analysis-Heidi Sieverding
  • 3:35-3:50 PM – Sustainability and life cycle analysis of carinata production in the Southeast US-Agrisoma
  • 4:00-4:30 PM – Future direction and other discussions-facilitated by Sheeja George (UF-NFREC)

March 31-Commercial production sites tour

  • Field tour will be in the Bainbridge/Donalsonville, GA area. During on-site registration please indicate whether you would like to go on the field tour.  Detailed directions will be provided prior to tour.
  • General tour itinerary:
    • 9 am: meet at Field #1 (approximately 1 hour from NFREC, Quincy)
    • 9:30 am: Drive to Field #2
    • 10:00 am: tour Field #2.
    • 10:30 am: Drive to Amkin facility
    • 11:00 am: Tour Amkin facility.
    • 11:30 am: Catered lunch.


The nearest airport is Tallahassee regional Airport, 21 miles from Quincy. Jacksonville (180 miles), Gainesville (180 miles), and Panama City (83 miles) are other nearby airports that are well connected to Quincy by road.


Rooms will be blocked for the nights of March 28th through March 31st at the Hampton Inn (165 Spooner Road, Quincy, FL-32351; +1-850-627-7555) at $ 89 plus tax/night. Please reference “University of Florida-Carinata meetings”  when you call to make your reservations. The Holiday Inn at Quincy (right next to the Hampton) is also a suitable option. We do not have a rate commitment from them as yet but I will send out an email if we can avail of any discounts at the Holiday Inn. Both hotels are just a mile away from the meeting venue. There are other options in Tallahassee as well if you choose to stay there.

Please RSVP at your earliest convenience, and feel free to call or email if you have any questions.

Sheeja George
850-284-1334 (Cell)
850-875-7136 (Office)



Author: David Wright – wright@ufl.edu


David Wright

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