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Northeast Woody/Warm-season Biomass Consortium

Extension Programs: Demonstrations sites



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.


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

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

West Virginia

Information coming soon.


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