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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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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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NEWBio Milestone: Rockview Biomass Harvest Makes Strides

NEWBio's Rockview, PA 2012 experimental willow planting had its first harvest this past January. The project's investigation into the sustainable production of woody biomass and warmseason grasses is featured in a March 9th Penn State Today article by Jeff Mulhollem. The article focuses on the mechanics and benefits of perennial biomass crops in terms of ecosystem services, biomass energy potential, and the development of a regional bioeconomy for the Northeast U.S. [Left to right: Felipe Montes, Armen Kemanian, Michael Jacobson. Image credit: Penn State]

Bioenergy in the CPP Webinar for April 19, 2016

Biomass Market Effects and the CPP
Carrie Annand, Biomass Power Association
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Northeast Bioenergy Webinar Series

Field Evaluations of Switchgrass Bedding under Commercial Broiler Conditions
Bill Brown, University of Delaware, Speaker

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Secondary Educator Workshop Added in New York
NEWBio's Education Team has added a teacher workshop in August for STEM teachers, Grades 6-12. The workshop will take place at the Wings Of Eagles Discover Center Museum in Horseheads, NY on August 15-17, 2016, with a pre-workshop introductory meeting and materials pickup on August 1, from 4 to 6 pm. The workshop will focus on sustainable energy and products. A teacher stipend will be available to offset costs of participation and teaching kits for educator STEM classrooms. The program will include a post-workshop field trip for attendee classes during the 2016-2017 school year. Space is limited to eight applicants. Download the program flyer, or visit

SUNY ESF Sustainable Energy Management Teaching Assistantships for 2016-2017
The SUNY ESF Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management (FNRM) is seeking qualified students to serve as Teaching Assistants for natural resources policy and law courses. Selected students will be teaching for two courses each semester, requiring approximately 20 hours per week. For more information and to apply, download the PDF.

Idaho National Laboratory Offers Summer 2016 Internships
As a Department of Energy facility, INL offers a diverse number of paid internship positions to undergraduate and graduate level students. These internship opportunities enable students to collaborate with experienced scientist and engineers in order to develop innovative solutions to challenging real-world projects. NEWBio researcher Damon Hartley will be seeking to place a biomass intership for assistance with NEWBio-related activities. For more information and to apply, visit the INL Interships website.

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