Friday, January 30

SU Ag Center Scientist to Discuss Alternative Fuel Sources at USDA Webinar

Using Louisiana’s native grasses as a source of fuel

Baton Rouge, LAMarlin Ford, Assistant Professor of Sustainable Agriculture at the Southern University Agricultural Research & Extension Center, will present his findings on the use of Louisiana’s native grasses as an alternative fuel source and the benefits of using biofuels during the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) webinar, “Getting to YES on Element 10 through Transportation Alternatives.”

The webinar, which is part of the USDA’s Sustainable Operations (SusOps) Peer Learning Webinar Series, will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 4 at 10 a.m. PST/1 p.m. EST. The online training will focus on strategies for reducing fuel use, increasing alternative transportation options and lowering greenhouse gas emissions. Other topics to be covered include:

·         Net Zero Fleet Pilot Study
·         Electric Bicycles, Clean and Green Transportation Alternative
·         Elective No Idling Policy

Ford has been employed with the Southern University Ag Center since 2012. He has overseen the implementation, operation and secured funding for the native grass research project since 2013.

He earned his Doctorate of Philosophy in Urban Forestry from Southern University and A&M College and Master’s Degrees in Public Administration and Urban Forestry from Grambling State University and Southern University, respectively. Ford also holds a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from Southern University and a Bachelor of Arts and Science in General Studies with minor degrees in Landscape Architecture and Geography from Louisiana State University.

To join the webinar visit, and follow the instructions listed on the right of the screen.

A conference line will also be available for audio only. To access the conference call line, dial 888.844.9904 and use the pass code 6194008.



LaKeeshia Giddens

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