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Extension Programs: NEWBio Webinars


About our Webinars

Join us on the second Tuesday of each month for our "Northeast Bioenergy Webinar Series". These online, hour-long presentations are free to the public, and feature fascinating and important topics related to bioenergy in the northeast.

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All webinars begin at 1:00 p.m., Eastern Time.


Upcoming Webinar

December 13, 2016, 1pm Eastern Time

Growth and Water Use of Shrub Willow and Corn

Armen R. Kemanian, Associate Professor, Penn State Department of Plant Science

Description: Shrub willow and corn are two crops as different as they can be: one is annual and adapted to warm summers, the other is perennial and adapted to cold winter and mild summers. In the NE and Pennsylvania, both species grow well, but do so with different strategies. Evidence from "eddy covariance" measurements of carbon dioxide and water vapor flux above the canopy of these two crops shows that the differences in growth and water use of these two crops are substantial. These differences have implications for the expected yield and water use of these crops, and their influence on ecosystem services of agriculture such carbon gain, hydrology, and water quality regulation. These implications are discussed for the northeastern US as shrub willow and other energy crops find their place in the economic and agricultural landscape of the region.

January 17, 2017, 1pm Eastern Time

Multifunctional Riparian Buffers: Synergies with Bioenergy Crops and Ecosystem Service Provision

Dr. Michael Jacobson, Penn State University Professor of Forest Resources

Establishing riparian buffers or replacing row crops with energy crops can reduce nutrient runoff in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Using multfunctional buffers as an example conservation tool, the webinar explores methods such as nutrient credit trading for valuing ecosystem services and various payment options.


Recordings of Previous Webinars

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Upcoming Events

  • December 13, 2016
    NEWBio Webinar
    Growth and water use of shrub willow and corn
    1:00 PM Eastern Time
    More information
  • January 17, 2017
    NEWBio Webinar
    Multifunctional Riparian Buffers: Synergies with Bioenergy Crops and Ecosystem Service Provision
    1:00 PM Eastern Time
    More information
  • January 27 and February 17, 2017
    Northern Tier Hardwood Association Wood Energy Workshops
    Wayne Conservation District Park Street Complex
    Honesdale, PA (Jan. 27)
    Morrisdale, PA (Feb. 17)
    More information
  • February 17, 2017
    Advanced Wood Energy for Schools, Businesses and Communities
    West Branch School District
    Morrisdale, PA
    More information
  • April 5-6, 2017
    Designing Sustainable, Working Landscapes with Perennial Crops for Bioenergy and Ecosystem Services
    New Short Course!
    State College, PA
    Details forthcoming
  • July 10-13, 2017
    Bioenergy Conference 2017
    Sheraton Pentagon City
    Arlington, VA
    More information
  • September 12-13-14, 2017
    Mid-Atlantic Biomass Energy Conference and Expo: Building the Bioeconomy
    NEWBio will partner with MABEx for this comprehensive biomass conference.
    The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
    State College, PA
    More details and registration information forthcoming!

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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