To build a robust and sustainable bio-economy in the arid southwest, a steady supply of feedstock and trained professionals will be necessary to support industry needs for guayule and guar. The Extension & Outreach Team works to help growers, youth, and other stakeholders obtain necessary knowledge for the successful production of guayule and guar crops.
Research results obtained through the SBAR project are communicated to regional growers, providing up-to-date information and cutting-edge production practices for optimizing growth and yields. Engaging growers through workshops and field days is coupled with workforce development opportunities and internships to prepare the next generation of scientists, agronomists, engineers, transportation experts, and production specialists for building a sustainable bio-economy in the arid southwest.
The Extension & Outreach Team also develops engaging opportunities for youth through 4-H camps and FFA activities to increase knowledge and awareness about biofuel, energy production, and bio-economy career opportunities. Youth development opportunities are offered in Arizona and New Mexico during the summer, and periodically during the year in remote regions and on Native Nations.