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Subject:

Boca Raton woman banks on biofuel venture (using jatropha)

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"Dr. Ann C. Wilkie" <[log in to unmask]>

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Dr. Ann C. Wilkie

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Fri, 17 Jul 2009 19:49:58 -0500

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Boca Raton woman banks on biofuel venture
Palm Beach Post, July 16, 2009

"BOCA RATON  Just a couple of years ago, Teri Gevinson, a Boca Raton
land developer, had never heard of jatropha. Now she owns 9,500 of the
tropical oil-producing trees planted in the Agricultural Reserve west of
Delray Beach.

Ag-Oil LLC, a company Gevinson formed last year, hopes to be crushing
jatropha seeds and producing biofuel at its site by 2011. Its goal is to
eventually produce 15 million gallons a year to help ease dependency on
foreign oil.

The 103-acre farm at the corner of U.S. 441 and West Atlantic Avenue is
the first jatropha grove in Palm Beach County.

Art Kirstein, agriculture economic development coordinator at the Palm
Beach County Cooperative Extension Service, helped her obtain seeds from
India, Mexico, Indonesia and Haiti under a University of Florida import
permit.

Dylan Bailey is a palm tree grower who manages the jatropha farm for
Ag-Oil. He says a variety from Haiti is performing best. "The plants put
in the ground in January are 4 to 5 feet tall, and another 10,000 plants
will go in soon," he said.

The company received a $2.5 million state grant this year and is seeking
a $25 million federal grant in conjunction with its research
collaborators, including Southern Illinois University, the University of
Florida, United Environment and Energy and Argonne National Laboratory.

A mechanical harvester used to pick crops such as blueberries will be
deployed, because picking by hand is too expensive. Ultimately, Ag-Oil
plans to use algae to convert byproducts of jatropha oil production to
biofuel, thus increasing the oil output.

For now, the company is working to determine which jatropha varieties
will produce the most oil so it will be a viable crop.

There's also an outreach effort to get farmers and landowners interested
in growing jatropha."

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/business/content/business/epaper/2009/07/16/a1a_jatropha_0717.html?imw=Y


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