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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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Safety Concerns Associated with Biomass Crops

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Sustainability in Bioenergy: A Nation Connected

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National Bioenergy Day: October 21, 2015
Events Scheduled in the Northeast

The third annual National Bioenergy Day will see events being held across the country. A few of the opportunities for bioenergy enthusiasts in the Northeast (see Upcoming Events at right) will showcase perennial switchgrass crop production and processing, and woodlot management, and how both energy sources successfully fuel the pellet manufacturing industry. All events are free of charge, but some do require registration.

NEWBio October Webinar Offerings
Focus on Clean Power Plan
and Safe Biomass Farm Production

An impressive and important pair of webinars will be offered this month. First up (Oct. 13) will be Geogg Bristow, PA DEP's Northwest Regional Energy Manager, discussing the Potential Role of Biomass Energy in States' Clean Power Plans (CPP). Bristow will include a review of the CPP rule with a focus on the EPA's guidance on the process and considerations for biomass strategies.
On Oct. 22, as part of National Bioenergy Week activities, Douglas Schaufler, Penn State Research Associate and specialist in agricultural safety and health, will offer a sneak peak at a soon-to-be-released publication: Safety and Health Management Planning for Biomass Producers. Biomass production is relatively new to the farming landscape and involves unique tasks and risks. As a precursor to the webinar, Schaufler offers a few safety pointers (see video link at left) for harvesting biomass in winter conditions.
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Webinar access here.



Lancaster Farming:
Special Alternative Energy Section
with NEWBio Connections

Larry Smart, Associate Professor of Horticulture at Cornell University - and NEWBio project co-lead for Feedstock Improvement activities - is featured in the 9/12/2015 issue on ag energy. With NEWBio partners Double A Willow and ReEnergy Holdings, Smart continues to develop fast-growing shrub willow cultivars for use in bioenergy and other applications. Read more about his efforts in Willow for Fuel.
The special issue includes information on the newly-formed Pennsylvania Wood Energy Team, an initiative supported by NEWBio, insights on energy polices (including the Clean Power Plan in Pennsylvania, and the national Renewable Fuels Standard. Read the special section here.


October 8th Deadline for USDA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant Applications
Projects dealing with agriculturally-related manufacturing and alternative renewable energy technologies are encouraged across all SBIR topic areas. The USDA SBIR program has awarded more than 2,000 research and development projects since 1983. Learn more about the current opportunity and submit an application.

2015 Annual NEWBio Meeting Recap
Over 90 NEWBio project team members, industry stakeholders and invited guests met on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown on August 3-5 to connect all eight project thrusts, discuss NEWBio's third year of effort, and interact with corporate partners and sister research projects. Read more...

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