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Upcoming Events

  • April 5-6, 2017
    Designing Sustainable, Working Landscapes with Perennial Crops for Bioenergy and Ecosystem Services
    New Short Course!
    State College, PA
    More information and registration
  • April 11, 2017
    NEWBio Webinar
    Handling Fire Risk in Biomass Operations
    1:00 PM Eastern Time
    More information
  • April 28, 2017
    Biogas, Food Waste Recycling, CHP and Wastewater Treatment in Philadelphia Workshop
    Philadelphia, PA
    More information and registration
  • May 9, 2017
    NEWBio Webinar
    Biomass harvest and logistics: Siting and supply chain optimization
    1:00 PM Eastern Time
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  • May 13, 2017
    Boiler Operator Training: Optimizing Operations and Switching to Biomass Workshop
    White Marsh, MD
    More information and registration
  • May 17, 2017
    Supporting Bioenergy and Forest Management Together Workshop
    Elk County, PA
    More information and registration
  • May 24, 2017
    Boiler Operator Training at Tuscarora Highlands (201 Series Workshop)
    Elliottsburg, PA
    More information and registration
  • July 11-12, 2017
    BETO: Bioeconomy 2017-Domestic Resources for a Vibrant Future
    Sheraton Pentagon City
    Arlington, VA
    More information
  • September 12-13-14, 2017
    Mid-Atlantic Biomass Energy Conference and Expo: Building the Bioeconomy
    NEWBio will partner with MABEx for this comprehensive biomass conference.
    The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
    State College, PA
    Registration and Program available now.

New Safety & Health Resource for Biomass Producers

This best practices manual provides risk-reduction information and resources for agricultural entrepreneurs and will help biomass producers plan for effective safety and health management programs. This program planning manual has five units of recommended safety and health best practices for biomass production.

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NEWBio Project Ends

To meet project goals, NEWBio focuses efforts in eight areas: human systems, feedstock improvement, harvest-preprocessing-logistics, sustainability, safety and health, extension, education, and leadership-stakeholder involvement.

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New Short Course! Perennial Crops for Bioenergy & Ecosystem Services

Though difficult to quantify in dollars, vegetative ecosystem services such as water filtration, carbon storage, erosion and runoff prevention, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, and scenic beauty provide extraordinary value to society. Perennial vegetation in the form of biomass crops that reach bioproduct and biofuel markets are becoming more of an option for farmers, landowners, and land managers, and they can also supply these ecosystem services. Many of these crops exhibit conservation or site rehabilitation value, introducing new opportunities for simultaneous economic and environmental benefits.

This short course provides an in-depth look at opportunities for the use of perennial biomass crops, including grasses and short-rotation woody crops, in accomplishing conservation and rehabilitation goals on a landscape scale. Presentations, panels, and discussion sessions feature leading researchers, agency representatives, and industry professionals in the field.

The short course will run from April 5-6, 2017. Registration closes March 29, 2017. For more information, click here.

Latest Bioenergy Webinar

Handling Fire Risk in Biomass Operations
Doug Schaufler, Penn State University

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NEW Safety and Health LearnNow Video

Hazards of Biomass Production on Marginal Land

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Penn State Energy Days Conference

How do we meet the goals of energy affordability, sustainability, and security to ensure innovation, policy, and investment in our energy system going forward? To meet these current and future energy challenges, Penn State is hosting the Energy Days Conference (May 22-23), an annual conference that brings together leaders from across the energy realm, including members of industry, government, non-profits, and academia. The purpose is to identify and discuss the regional, national, and global energy challenges facing society. Ultimately, the conference looks to create outcomes that provide innovative solutions to energy challenges. Solutions can range from new intellectual knowledge to new collaborations among industry, government, and funders. Students, post-docs, faculty please note there is a Call for Posters. Deadline for poster submissions is April 28, 2017. Visit the Energy Days website for information on sessions, speakers, tours, and more. Click here to register for the conference.

New Fact Sheet! Bipolaris Leaf Spot on Switchgrass: Bipolaris species

Bipolaris leaf spot is caused by a number of species in the fungal genus Bipolaris, most notably B. oryzae. It has been shown to reduce both seed germination and biomass yield in switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.). The disease occurs throughout the range of switchgrass in North America and is prevalent in high humidity areas. The pathogen is soil and seed-borne so potential control measures include developing resistant cultivars and fungicidal seed treatments.

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Idaho National Laboratory Summer Internship Available. See for more information. Graduate, undergraduate and high school internships are available!

Upcoming NEWBio Education Program Deadlines!

Bioenergy Scholar Applications due March 17

Graduate Distance Education Scholarship Applications for Summer 2017 due March 20

Summer Teacher Training Workshop applications still being accepted.

Position Opening: Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track) in the Human Dimensions of Digital Technology and Big Data

The Department of Geography at the University of Guelph invites applications for an Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track) in the human dimensions of digital technology and big data. This position will build on our existing strengths in food security, environmental governance, and energy transitions and extend departmental research and teaching proficiencies into the human geographies of the information age. For more information, click here.

NEWBio Year 4 Annual Report Is In!

NEWBio has completed the fourth year of its five-year project and can identify project outcomes in several areas. Our team is in the process of identifying behavioral and institutional barriers to biomass stakeholder engagement and is modeling biological, social and economic variables that influence the availability of perennial biomass crops. Harvesting and preprocessing models are assisting stakeholders in research trials even as they undergo refinement. Project team members are analyzing key sustainability metrics, improving feedstock varieties, and continuing education programs to link activities and results to diverse audiences. These activities are increasing awareness and building capacity in the bioeconomy pipeline. Read more...

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NEWBio (consortium members below) is supported by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 2012-68005-19703 
from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
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