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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...

Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L) Stand Establishment: Key Factors for Success

Farm Energy Updated: March 27, 2018

Funded by AFRI. Learn More.Successful establishment is critical to the long-term economic viability of a switchgrass stand. But it is not difficult if...

Resources from CenUSA - Sustainable Production and Distribution of Bioenergy for the Central USA

Farm Energy Updated: July 26, 2017

Funded by AFRI. Learn More.   CenUSA BLADES Newsletter  CenUSA Bioenergy is a coordinated research and education effort investigating the creation of a...

FAQs about Perennial Grass (Switchgrass) Production for Biofuels

Farm Energy Updated: April 18, 2017

Funded by AFRI. Learn More. It’s important to buyers, who rely on predictable quality and quantity of feedstocks. Because feedstocks are hard to...

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: What Would it Take to Convince Farmers to Grow Switchgrass for Biomass?

Farm Energy Updated: March 01, 2017

Researchers delve into the economic incentives that would induce farmers to grow switchgrass for cellulosic biofuel. Funded by AFRI. Learn More.A survey...

CenUSA Models Predict Large Water Quality Improvements from Perennials

Farm Energy Updated: March 01, 2017

CenUSA's System Performance team research shows water quality benefits when biofuels are produced from perennial grasses; provides guidance for policymakers,...

CenUSA Feedstock Conversion, Refining and Co-Products

Farm Energy Updated: March 01, 2017

Thermochemical processes convert biomass to liquid bio-fuel and produce biochar, a valuable co-product for soil quality and reduced greenhouse gas...

CenUSA Feedstock Development Creates Improved Switchgrass Varieties

Farm Energy Updated: March 01, 2017

Funded by AFRI. Learn More.CenUSA Feedstock Development Team identifies gene pools and genetic diversity for improved switchgrass varieties and increased...

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: Overview of Comparative Injury Risk Between Annual Corn and Perennial Switchgrass Production

Farm Energy Updated: February 28, 2017

A probabilistic risk assessment model has been created to compare estimated worker injury risk of corn vs switchgrass production. Funded by AFRI. Learn...

CenUSA Feedstock Logistics: Innovative Systems for Harvest, Transportation, and Storage of Perennial Grass Biomass

Farm Energy Updated: February 28, 2017

New strategies, equipment, and processes make for improved efficiency and sustainability in the production of perennial grasses. Funded by AFRI. Learn...

CenUSA Extension and Outreach: Perennial Grass Bioenergy Research and Knowhow for Producers, Students and Stakeholders

Farm Energy Updated: February 28, 2017

Bioenergy research is translated into practical know-how by extension educators, farmers and Master Gardeners. Funded by AFRI. Learn More. On the streets,...

Successfully Harvest Switchgrass Grown for Biofuel

Farm Energy Updated: January 29, 2017

Funded by AFRI. Learn More. PDF version of this ArticleLearn rationale and best practices & equipment for harvesting perennial grass biomass. Delaying...

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...

Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) for Biofuel Production

Farm Energy Updated: November 02, 2016

Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) is a native warm-season grass that is a leading biomass crop in the United States. More than 70 years of experience with...

Making Business Decisions with Precision Data Can Encourage Perennial Grass Production

Farm Energy Updated: August 30, 2016

Case Study: AgSolver, an Iowa-based company, helps producers shift to perennial grass production using software tools that assess crop potential and...

Renmatix Processes Biomass into Sugars for Industrial Use

Farm Energy Updated: March 31, 2016

Technology patented by Renmatix enables the manufacture of industrial sugars from biomass on a scale that is commercially cost-effective. Funded by...


Farm Energy Wood Energy Updated: October 17, 2015

USDA-NIFA (National Institute for Food and Agriculture) currently funds 7 bioenergy Coordinated Agricultural Projects (CAPs) through Agricultural and Food...

Storing Perennial Grasses Grown for Biofuel

Farm Energy Updated: July 20, 2015

No matter how you store harvested perennial grasses grown for biofuel feedstock, be sure to minimize dry matter losses and maintain uniform physical and...

Fast Pyrolysis Efficiently Turns Biomass into Renewable Fuels

Farm Energy Updated: May 13, 2015

Fast pyrolysis holds promise for producing heating and transportation biofuels for the renewable energy market. This article describes how fast pyrolysis...

Recent Publications About Biochar

Farm Energy Updated: April 29, 2015

 There is a lot of interest in biochar as a soil amendment and for its potential role in sequestering carbon to ameliorate the effects of climate change....

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...

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