April/May 2018
NCERC is Prepping for a BIG Year at FEW
Be sure to mark your FEW agenda for the following sessions:

Monday, June 11
Ethanol 101
John Caupert - "Corn Ethanol: Paving a Road of Opportunity in the Bioeconomy"

Tuesday, June 12
1:30 - 3:00 pm
Track 1: Production & Operations
  • Dr. Yan Zhang - "Representative Sampling for Corn to Ethanol Production"
Track 2: Leadership & Financial Management
  • Dr. Kevin Tucker - "Digital Badges for the Bioeconomy Workforce"
Track 4: Infrastructure & Market Development
  • John Caupert - Moderator

Wednesday, June 13
8:30 - 10:00 am
Track 1: Production & Operations
  • John Caupert - Moderator

10:30 am - noon
Track 1: Production & Operations
  • Dr. Yan Zhang - "Identification & Quantification of Nutritional Compounds"
Advanced Biofuel Conference
  • Jackie Pohlman - Moderator

A new booth and brochure will be unveiled at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop Expo. Stop by booth #912 and enter to with a Corn-to-Ethanol Process Demonstration Kit!
NCERC hosted it's first ever Job Fair on April 20-21 in an effort to recruit employees to fully staff it's pilot plant for an upcoming client project. The fairs were successful and welcomed more than a dozen new candidates for the Operating Technician and Faculty Fellow positions.

NCERC participated in the development of ASTM E48.90 (18-1) “Practice for Determination of the Converted Fraction of Starch and Cellulosic Content from a Renewable Fuel Production Facility”, and continues to work on the analytical method development of the quantification of cellulose in before and after conversion samples from corn to ethanol production

NCERC welcomed 22 students from the Coordinating Youth and Human Services of Granite City, IL and over 50 Girl Scouts & parents from the Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois over a two-day series of "Fueling Fun", biofuels-themed workshops on May 4 and 5. The funding for the workshops was provided by Meridian Society through a grant proposal titled, "Solving the Equality Equation: Hands-on Workshops in STEM". The workshops received regional and industry media coverage and will be offered again in the fall to interested groups. If you know of an organization that would like to participate, contact Jackie at jpohlman@ethanolresearch.com.
Fueling Fun Workshop!
More than 50 Brownies, Juniors, and parents of the Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois toured the NCERC facility and participated in biofuels-themed events on Saturday, May 5.

Pictured here is NCERC employee Ida hand with 13 Girl Scouts showing off their fermentation science project.
BIB Consortium News

The BIB Consortium has finalized its Spring 2018 participant data collection. While we are waiting for final participant numbers from our evaluation technical assistance provider, New Growth Group, we anticipate that we have exceeded our goal of serving approximately 1,300 participants through BIB Consortium programs.

Building The 21st Century Agricultural Talent Pipeline Through An Innovative Regional Partnership
Submitted to USDA Higher Education Challenge Program
This project responds to the workforce shortage through an innovative and replicable approach to growing the robust talent pipeline that meets workforce education needs as well as employer and industry needs. If funded, this project will connect regional high schools, the Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC) Agriculture Program, and lead applicant Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), through a seamless transfer pathways model, for new and expanded agriculture related programs involving 2+2+2 articulation arrangements. 

Fueling Growth: An Integrated, Capacity-Building Grant for Experiential Learning, Extension, and Economic Development in Rural America
Submitted to USDA Capacity Building Grants for Non-Land Grant Colleges of Agriculture Program
Fueled by innovation in food, agriculture, and social sciences, this project leverages SIUE’s resources and faculty expertise for economic and community development, improved job creation and retention, small and medium-sized business development, and workforce education. As a Collaborative Project with the Monroe County Economic Development Corporation and the Monroe County University of Illinois Extension Office, the project seamlessly blends education, economic, and workforce development activities in an integrated project that addresses goals of regional and national scope.
Connections & Visits
St. Louis Agribusiness Club
April 10
St. Louis, MO

STEM Ecosystem Design Studio II
April 17
St. Louis, MO

SIU Day at the Capitol
April 18
Springfield, IL

Dupo High School Career Fair
April 27
Dupo, IL

"Fueling Fun" Biofuels Workshops
May 4 & 5
Edwardsville, IL

22nd Distillers Grains Technology Council Symposium
May 15 - 17
Des Moines, IA
Dr. Zhang, Director of Research, Presents of Nutritional Research
Zhang presented at the 22nd DGTC Symposium on the study, “Nutritional Quality of Eggs from Hens Fed with DDGS”, performed by NCERC, USDA ARS at Peoria, and University of Georgia.
Upcoming Meetings
Corn Utilization & Technology Conference
June 4-6
St. Louis, MO

Fuel Ethanol Workshop
June 11-13
Omaha, NE

St. Louis Public Schools Day Camp
June 15
St. Louis, MO
National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center
400 University Park Drive
Edwardsville, IL 62025
618-659-6737 | EthanolResearch.com