NEWBio is pleased to offer a limited number of distance education scholarships for the Spring 2015 offering of FOR 880: Bioenergy Feedstocks. The course is worth 3 credits. For more information about the course, visit Penn State's College of Ag Sciences eLearning page. The scholarship covers tuition and fees. Applications are due November 1, 2014. The application is available here.
Bioeconomy Tool Shed Added to USDA Energy Web
The USDA broadly defines bioeconomy to include renewable energy (fuels, heat and power) and biobased products. Interactive tools will help users and stakeholders identify at National, state and county levels the logistics, enviromental linkages, and economic linkages across feedstock production. The Biorefinery Stakeholder Information System is the first tool to populate the website, to assist in the evaluation process when locating a biorefinery. Public officials, investors or lenders, and farmers and landowners are provided separate sections that offer an overview of data and relevant information, with mapping and estimated crop production value calculators.
Switchgrass Budget for Bioenergy Production Published
NEWBio adds an enterprise switchgrass budget and costing estimator spreadsheet to its growing library of tools to assist and inform landowners and farmers considering growing biomass crops. The fact sheet provides a detailed example budget and describes site preparation, soil amendments, planting, weed control, maintenance and harvesting costs. Both the budget and the costing estimator are available here.
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