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Research Summary: Safety and Health Risks of Producing Biomass on the Farm

Farm Energy Ag Safety and Health Updated: July 02, 2018

It is time to develop ways to minimize safety and health hazards in biomass production on the farm, an area in which there has been little research With...

Research Summary: Biofuel Quality Improved by Delaying Harvest of Perennial Grass

Farm Energy Updated: March 01, 2017

Research shows how a simple management strategy can decrease nitrogen contaminants in perennial grasses, while also providing additional ecosystem...

Research Summary: Research Finds Strong Genetic Diversity in Switchgrass Gene Pools

Farm Energy Updated: February 28, 2017

Genetic diversity in native switchgrass populations will benefit new varieties developed for biofuel production and ecosystem services. Funded by...

Research Summary: Biomass Crop Production Benefits from a Wide Spectrum of Marketing Opportunities

Farm Energy Updated: February 14, 2017

 Biomass crops such as switchgrass, miscanthus, and shrub willow are not only intended for bioenergy production but for other non-energy market...

Research Summary: Switchgrass Hay Utillization as Roughage in Beef Diets

Farm Energy Updated: January 11, 2017

Funded by AFRI. Learn More.Switchgrass Hay Could Be a Useful Roughage in Beef Diets While Offering a Market Alternative to Biofuels.Feedlots could use...

U.S. Billion-Ton Update Shows Farms and Forests Have Huge Potential for U.S. Bioenergy Future

Farm Energy Updated: April 20, 2016

U.S. farms and forests have the potential to supply enough biomass to meet the Renewable Fuels Standard and replace more than a third of petroleum use with...

Research Summary: Exploring On-Farm Pyrolysis Processing of Biofuels

Farm Energy Updated: April 20, 2016

The USDA-ARS FarmBio3 project explores whether on-farm fast-pyrolysis processing units could be a component of an efficient and cost-effective decentralized...

Research Summary: Characteristics of Willow Biomass Chips Produced Using a Single-Pass Cut-and-Chip Harvester

Farm Energy Updated: April 20, 2016

Harvest method impacts wood chip quality--use a single-pass cut-and-chip method and willow makes the grade. Biomass for bioenergy and/or bioproducts can be...

Research Summary: Triploid Hybrids of Shrub Willow Yield More Biomass Than Diploids and Tetraploids

Farm Energy Updated: April 20, 2016

Research finds triploid hybrids of shrub willow yield the highest biomass, leading to improved cultivars for renewable energy. Research into the genetics and...

Research Summary: Sequestration of Carbon by Shrub Willow Offsets Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Farm Energy Updated: April 19, 2016

Shrub willow is a short-rotation woody biomass crop that could be an important part of our renewable energy future. By sequestering carbon in below-ground...

Research Summary: Development of a Single-Pass Cut-and-Chip Harvesting System for Short Rotation Woody Crops

Farm Energy Wood Energy Updated: April 19, 2016

Many types of specialized machinery for harvesting short rotation woody crops (SRWC) exist, including small and large single-pass cut-and-chip systems, whole...

Research Summary: Near-Infrared (NIR) Analysis Provides Efficient Evaluation of Biomass Samples

Farm Energy Updated: January 13, 2015

Near-infrared analysis allows plant breeders and biorefiners to rapidly measure the composition of a biomass sample. Funded by AFRI. Learn...

Research Summary: Management Practices Impact Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Harvest of Corn Stover for Biofuels

Farm Energy Updated: January 13, 2015

Residue management and tillage can reduce greenhouse gas emissions from soils during production of corn stover for biofuel. Funded by AFRI. Learn...

Research Summary: Competition For Land Use—Why Would a Rational Producer Grow Switchgrass for Biofuel?

Farm Energy Updated: January 13, 2015

Farmers value the conservation and environmental benefits of switchgrass grown for biofuels but also consider profit, alternative land uses, and public...

Minnesota Watershed Nitrogen Reduction Planning Tool

Animal Manure Management Updated: January 05, 2015

Using the nitrogen reduction planning model involves three steps.  The first step is to select a watershed, enter hypothetical adoption rates for each BMP,...

Research Summary: Small Scale Biomass Pellet Production Project

Farm Energy Updated: October 15, 2013

Sponsoring Partner:Funded by USDOT, USDA and DOEResearch identifies processes and factors to produce best biomass pellets.Small scale pelletizer machines are...

Research Summary: Biochar Can Improve the Sustainability of Stover Removal for Bioenergy

Farm Energy Updated: October 04, 2013

By returning biochar created by fast pyrolysis to the soil, more stover residue can be harvested for bioenergy without degrading soil quality or hurting crop...

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