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Resources from NEWBio: The Northeast Woody/Warm-season Biomass Consortium

Farm Energy Wood Energy Updated: February 08, 2018

Funded by AFRI. Learn More.The Northeast Woody/Warm-season Biomass Consortium (NEWBio) is a regional network of universities, businesses, and governmental...

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...

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...

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...

ReEnergy Holdings: Offering Markets for Biomass in the Northeast

Farm Energy Updated: July 08, 2016

ReEnergy Holdings LLC works with willow growers and uses waste and shrub willow wood to generate electricity.As a vertically integrated renewable energy...

Evaluation of Anthracnose Severity on Switchgrass Cultivars and Accessions

Farm Energy Updated: July 01, 2016

Anthracnose may significantly decrease biomass yield of switchgrass. Research explores tolerance of cultivars to Colletotrichum navitas.  Anthracnose...

BCAP Helps Commercialize Shrub Willow for Bioenergy in Northern New York

Farm Energy Wood Energy Updated: April 20, 2016

   The USDA Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) was designed to expand bioenergy feedstocks beyond existing cash crops by encouraging both the...

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...

Terra Green Energy: Pioneers in Torrefaction for Commercial Co-Combustion

Farm Energy Updated: April 20, 2016

A torrefaction demonstration facility employs a patented process to convert biomass into a renewable, energy-dense carbon carrier that functions much like...

New Holland Agriculture Expands Offerings for Biomass Harvest and Handling

Farm Energy Updated: April 20, 2016

Renewable energy production options are growing thanks to expanded farm equipment capabilities for harvesting biofuel feedstocks like shrub...

Ernst Conservation Seeds Transforms Leftover Biomass into Energy Product

Farm Energy Updated: April 20, 2016

Switchgrass biomass left over after seed harvest had little value for Ernst Conservation Seeds until the company began using it to manufacture pellets.Ernst...

Double A Willow Strengthens Biomass Supply Chain by Providing Willow Plantings to Biofuels Industry

Farm Energy Updated: April 20, 2016

As the largest supplier of shrub willow planting stock in the United States, Double A Willow is a critical link between research and the commercial...

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...


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...

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...

Biochar: Prospects of Commercialization

Farm Energy Updated: October 31, 2014

Learn all about biochar--what it is, and how it benefits soils and the climate by sequestering carbon. Funded by AFRI. Learn More.Biochar is charred...

The Economics of Switchgrass for Biofuel

Farm Energy Updated: July 17, 2014

The profitable production of switchgrass for biofuel  today depends  primarily on the price of oil, as well as the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Funded...

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