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BioEnterprises and I-95 Rural Economic Development Summit to be held September 19-20

Francis Marion University (FMU), Clemson University Pee Dee Research and Education Center and Florence-Darlington Technical College (FDTC) will stage in Florence the BioEnterprises and I-95 Rural Economic Development Summit on Sept. 19-20.

This free event will provide the latest information on research and industrial opportunities associated with technology-driven bioenterprises and agribusinesses in the region. 

The conference opens with registration at the Pee Dee Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Florence at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19.

The morning sessions will feature presentations on bioenterprise opportunities for farmers and landowners in the Carolinas. Among the speakers at the morning sessions will be Senior Scientist with BioProcess Algae Toby Ahrens and U.S. Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) Scientist Phil Bauer.

Tours of crop research at the Pee Dee Center and of FDTC’s Southeastern Institute for Manufacturing Technology (SiMT) will conclude the afternoon session of the first day’s events.

President of the Palmetto Agribusiness Council Jack Shuler and Executive Director of the N.C. Biotechnology Center Paul Ulanch will conclude the program Thursday afternoon.

On Friday, Sept. 20, attendees will hear several success stories in which agriculture and technology have worked together to provide new opportunities for Carolina farmers.

The meeting will close with an afternoon session at FMU. Among the speakers at the afternoon session will be Clemson Agronomist and Biomass Specialist Jim Frederick and ICF International Director Erika Myers, who will give the history and value of the Bioenterprise Summit to the economic development of rural areas of the Carolinas.

For more information on registration, agenda, direction and accommodations, please visit

The events on September 20th will be held on the FMU campus. The morning and afternoon sessions will be located in Chapman Auditorium in the McNair Science Building (#19 on the campus map which can be found here: Please park in Lots A and B. Lunch will be served at noon in the Smith University Center (#21 on the campus map). 

Last Published: September 27, 2013 9:32 AM
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