Stuttgart FFA Students Create Biodiesel in Classroom

MAY 18, 2006 - Posted at 4:09 p.m. CST

STUTTGART, AR - Members of Stuttgart's National FFA organization raised $4,500 for equipment and used donated fish fry oil to produce 25 gallons of biodiesel.  All this occured right in their school's science lab.

FFA teacher Barry Rogers says the Stuttgart students are the first FFA chapter in the nation to perform the feat.

The project began with business and marketing students, who came up with a plan to market biodiesel.  The students raised enough money to buy discounted equipment from a local biodiesel company and used donated fish fry oil to make the biodiesel.

The students say greater use of biodiesel will reduce the need for foreign oil.  The biodiesel made by the students is being used in the group's tractor.

Rogers says the students will take the set-up to the national FFA convention if they can get use of an enclosed trailer.

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