J. Sam Brake
With over 30 years experience in North Carolina agriculture, Sam Brake came to the Biofuels Center from Red Birch Energy, a startup renewable energy company, where he consulted, recruited, and coached farmers on growing canola as an oil feedstock. He previously served as CEO of the North Carolina Grain Growers Cooperative, where he promoted specialty soybeans as a renewable energy. A graduate of N.C. State University, Brake spent four years as a 4-H agent with the Cooperative Extension Service in Carteret County and over 27 years managing crop production on the Open Grounds Farm. Brake’s experience with biodiesel at the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association also makes him an invaluable resource, as he understands the agricultural significance and economic impact biofuels can have in North Carolina.