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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 Safety and Health Publication!
Assessing Biomass Processing Fire Hazards and Community Fire Response Capabilities

A significant hazard for processing facilities of all types, fire has already left its mark on a number of biomass facilities throughout the world. This 16-page publication focuses on fire hazards in systems that process perennial grass biomass. Described are the major codes and standards that are applicable to perennial grass biomass systems, the planning that is needed by both industry and fire services, and the capabilities of community fire services that are faced with previously unseen and unknown fire hazards in this new industry.

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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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!

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