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Extension Programs: Demonstrations sites

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In communities surrounding commercial demonstration sites, we will engage stakeholders across the supply chain, leading to rapid scale-up and expanded production and use of willow and warm-season grasses. We will work with growers and landowners to establish a cohort of individuals that understands how to establish, manage and harvest these crops so that there is a trained workforce prepared to deploy tens of thousands of acres at several locations in the region. Each demonstration site will host workshops, field days, hands-on training and other activities that involve local farmers as well as NEWBio experts.

Sites

Currently there are three large regional demonstration sites across the region, namely in northwestern Pennsylvania/northeastern Ohio, northern New York, and central West Virginia.

NW Pennsylvania, NE Ohio

This demonstration site focuses in perennial grasses as energy crops, namely Miascanthis X Giganteus and switchgrasss. Working with industry partners, Ernst Conservation Seed and Aloterra Energy, the area includes over 10,000 acres in these perennial grasses in production presently. There is currently a pellet mill and other products being developed form these feedstocks. The Crawford county farm, a 100 acre parcel north of Meadville is a specific demonstration to showcase the energy crops . The site is also part of the Biomass Crop Assistance program.  Penn state and Ohio state are leading the extension activities in this region.  For more information contact Michael Jacobson at mgj2@psu.edu.

Northern new York

This demonstration site is focused on short rotation willow production. In partnership with Celtic Energy farm, a ReEnergy Holdings LLC, the region will establish thousands of acres of willow in 2013 to feed the Black river power plant in Fort Drum. Cornell, and SUNY-ESF are leading the extension activities in this region.  For more information contact Tim Volk at tavolk@esf.edu

West Virginia

Information coming soon.

 


Upcoming Events

  • April 5-6, 2017
    Designing Sustainable, Working Landscapes with Perennial Crops for Bioenergy and Ecosystem Services
    New Short Course!
    State College, PA
    More information and registration
  • April 11, 2017
    NEWBio Webinar
    Handling Fire Risk in Biomass Operations
    1:00 PM Eastern Time
    More information
  • April 28, 2017
    Biogas, Food Waste Recycling, CHP and Wastewater Treatment in Philadelphia Workshop
    Philadelphia, PA
    More information and registration
  • May 9, 2017
    NEWBio Webinar
    Biomass harvest and logistics: Siting and supply chain optimization
    1:00 PM Eastern Time
    More information
  • May 13, 2017
    Boiler Operator Training: Optimizing Operations and Switching to Biomass Workshop
    White Marsh, MD
    More information and registration
  • May 17, 2017
    Supporting Bioenergy and Forest Management Together Workshop
    Elk County, PA
    More information and registration
  • May 24, 2017
    Boiler Operator Training at Tuscarora Highlands (201 Series Workshop)
    Elliottsburg, PA
    More information and registration
  • July 11-12, 2017
    BETO: Bioeconomy 2017-Domestic Resources for a Vibrant Future
    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
    Registration and Program available now.
    http://www.mabex.org/

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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