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Frank Hardimon
Director of Sales, Ceres, Inc. and Blade Energy Crops
Thousand Oaks, CA, USA
Cellulosic Biomass
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
2:00 - 2:30 pm

Abstract: Feedstock availability, quality and cost will shape the development of a large-scale biopower and cellulosic biofuel industry. This section will cover how dedicated energy grasses will play a role in optimizing the economics of the value chain, including crop mix options and comparisons, on-farm practices and improved seed varieties.
Frank grew up on a corn and soybean farm in central Illinois. After graduating from college at Champaign, Illinois, he became involved in the family farming operation.  

He began his seed career in corn research in 1986 for Sungene Technologies, a venture capital company based on the west coast. In 1989 he began working for KWS Seeds of Einbeck, Germany. Frank served in several sales management roles during his 18 years at Great Lakes Hybrids, a brand of AgReliant Genetics based in Westfield, IN.  

Frank has worked in a variety of capacities during his 25 years in the seed industry. His responsibilities have included: crop research, product management, inventory management, agronomy support, and senior sales management.

Frank lives in central Illinois and is now the Director of Sales for Ceres, Inc. The energy Crop Company based in Thousand Oaks, CA. He manages the sales of their Blade Energy Crop brand. They are working to develop dedicated energy crops for the emerging bio-fuel and bio-power industries