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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 Guides for Youth Extension Program

NEWBio's Education Team developed curriculum and facilitator's guides for a first-of-its kind youth extension program. Take a look at our "Youth Development" program documents. These training materials and lessons were reconfigured, adapted and designed for 4-H and other groups interested in teaching and learning about bioenergy in an applied and experiential environment.  Lesson plans, instructions for instructors, and activity sheets were compiled into a comprehensive, coordinated curriculum.  A 4-H project book and leader’s guide were developed for middle and high school students. The project book, Fuel for Thought, covers the concepts at the core of the NEWBio project. 

Latest Bioenergy Webinar

Biomass Harvest and Logistics: Siting and Supply Chain Optimization
Jingxin Wang, West Virginia University
Damon Hartley, Idaho National Lab

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Hazards of Biomass Production on Marginal Land

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Departments of Agriculture and Energy Announce Up to $9 Million through the Interagency Biomass Research and Development Initiative

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), announced that up to $9 million in funding will be made available through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) to increase the nation’s energy independence by supporting the development of bioenergy feedstocks, biofuels, and biobased products.

Concept papers by July 7, 2017. Full applications by September 22, 2017. Click here for more information.

Recent Publications

The politics of imaginaries and bioenergy sub-niches in the emerging Northeast U.S. bioenergy economy.
Burnham, M., W. Eaton, T. Selfa, C. Hinrichs, A. Feldpausch-Parker.
2017. Geoforum 82:66-76. June 2017 DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2017.03.022

Changes in feedstock quality in willow chip piles created in winter from a commercial scale harvest. Biomass and Bioenergy
Eisenbies, M.H., T.A. Volk, A. Patel
2016. DOI: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2016.02.004

A mixed model approach for evaluating yield improvements in interspecific hybrids of shrub willow, a dedicated bioenergy crop.
Fabio, E.S., A. R. Kemanian, F. Montes, R.O. Miller and L. B.Smart, L.B.
2017. Industrial Crops and Products 96, 57-70. DOI: 10.1016/j.indcrop.2016.11.019

Economic and Life Cycle Analyses of Biomass Utilization for Bioenergy Products in the Northeastern United States.
Liu, W., J. Wang, T. Richard, D. Hartley, S. Spatari, and T. Volk.
2017. Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining. Accepted March 2, 2017. DOI: 10.1002/bbb1770

Salix spp. as a biomass crop: Investigating its potential on mined lands and the use of biochar as a soil amendment.
Nobert, H.A., D.W. McGill, S.T. Grushecky, J.G. Skousen, and J.L. Schuler.
2016. Journal of the American Society of Mining and Reclamation. 5(2): 58-76.

Estimating Available Abandoned Cropland in the United States: Possibilities for Energy Crop Production.
Ryan E. Baxter & Kirby E. Calvert.
2017. Annals of the American Association of Geographers. Published online April 21, 2017. DOI:10.1080/24694452.2017.1298985

Landscape control of nitrous oxide emissions during the transition from conservation reserve program to perennial grasses for bioenergy.
Saha, D., B. Rau, J.P. Kaye, F.R. Montes, P.R. Adler and A.R. Kemanian.
2017. Global Change Biology Bioenergy. March 8, 2017. DOI: 10.1111/gcbb.12395

Recently Bred Willow (Salix spp.) Biomass Crops Show Stable Yield Trends Over Three Rotations at Two Sites
Sleight, N. and T. Volk
2016. Bioenergy Research. DOI 10.1007/s12155-016-9726-2

Directional liquefaction coupling fractionation of lignocellulosic biomass for platform chemicals
Xu, J., X. Xie, J. Wang, J. Jiang
2016. Green Chemistry. DOI: 10.1039/c5gc03070f

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