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Upcoming Events

  • October 11-13, 2016
    Short Rotation Woody Crops Operations Working Group 11th Biennial Conference
    Fort Pierce, FL
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  • October 15 & 22, 2016
    Northern Tier Hardwood Association Wood Energy Workshops
    Wayne Conservation District Park Street Complex
    Honesdale, PA (Oct. 15)
    Morrisville, PA (Oct. 22)
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  • October 26-27, 2016
    Designing Sustainable, Working Landscapes with Perennial Crops for Bioenergy and Ecosystem Services
    New Short Course!
    State College, PA
    Registration and More Information
  • November 2-4, 2016
    Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference
    San Francisco, CA
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  • November 8-11, 2016
    2016 Frontiers in Biorefining: Chemicals and Products from Renewable Carbon
    St. Simons Island, GA
    More information
  • July 24-25, 2017
    Building the Northeast Bioeconomy: Making Connections
    NE Regional Bioeconomy Symposium
    Details forthcoming

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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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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Perennial Crops for Bioenergy & Ecosystem Services

Offered by Penn State Extension in partnership with Penn State Biomass Energy Center and the NEWBio bioenergy consortium,Designing Sustainable, Working Landscapes with Perennial Crops for Bioenergy & Ecosystem Services will provide an in-depth look at opportunities for the use of perennial biomass crops in accomplishing conservation and rehabilitation goals on a landscape scale.

This short course will run on October 26 (1:00-4:30 pm) and October 27 (8:20 am-4:00 pm) at The Penn Stater Conference Center in State College, PA. For more information and registration, please refer to the event website.

Registration closes Thursday, October 13, 2016.

Latest Bioenergy Webinar

The Bioeconomy's Human Element
Wes Eaton, Penn State

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NEW Safety and Health LearnNow Video

Hazards of Biomass Production on Marginal Land

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Latest NEWBio Factsheet!

Penn State Extension has released a new factsheet on Willow Harvesting Equipment Considerations. NEWBio has made both specialized planting and harvesting equipment available to growers. However, growers should be aware of all of the costs associated with harvesting, especially, costs to adapt local forage harvesters to fit the willow cutting header. It is also important for growers to be cognizant of other management costs associated with planting, maintenance, and marketing prior to embarking in willow production.

New Publications of Interest

  Switchgrass biofuel production on reclaimed surface mines: I. Soil quality and dry matter yield.
Brown, C., T. Griggs, T. Keene, M. Marra, and J. Skousen.
Switchgrass yield and quality on reclaimed surface mines in West Virginia: II. Feedstock Quality and Theoretical Ethanol Production.
Brown, C., T. Griggs, and J. Skousen.
Planting rates and delays during the establishment of willow biomass crops.
Bush, C., T.A. Volk, M.H. Eisenbies.
Changes in feedstock quality in willow chip piles created in winter from a commercial scale harvest.
Eisenbies, MH, TA. Volk, A. Patel.
Genotype by environment interactions analysis of North American shrub willow yield trials confirms superior performance of triploid hybrids
Fabio, E.S., Volk, T.A., Miller, R.O., Serapiglia, M.J., Gauch, H.G., Johnson, G.A, van Rees, K.C.J., Labrecque, M., Amichev, B.Y., Hangs, R.D., Kuzovkina, J.A., Ewy, R.G., Kling, G.J. and Smart, L.B.
Recently Bred Willow (Salix spp.) Biomass Crops Show Stable Yield Trends Over Three Rotations at Two Sites
Sleight, N. and T. Volk.
Directional liquefaction coupling fractionation of lignocellulosic biomass for platform chemicals.
Xu, J., X. Xie, J. Wang, J. Jiang

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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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