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Upcoming Events

  • July 12-14, 2016
    Bioenergy 2016: Mobilizing the Bioeconomy through Innovation
    Washington, D.C.
    More info and registration
  • July 17-20, 2016
    ASABE Annual International Meeting
    Orlando, FL
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  • July 26-28, 2016
    NEWBio* Annual Meeting
    Penn State University
    University Park, PA
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    *Not public; for Project Team and Invited Guests Only
  • August 6-9, 2016
    Rural Sociological Society Annual Meeting
    Toronto, Canada
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  • October 11-13, 2016
    Short Rotation Woody Crops Operations Working Group 11th Biennial Conference
    Fort Pierce, PL
    More information

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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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 eXtension Resources
NEWBio's eXtension Resource Website has added four important items that will be of interest and assistance to those working in the biomass and bioenergy fields.

As a section of commercial willow bioenergy fields must be designated as unplanted for machinery use, a research study was written about maximizing planted area and biomass production in shrub willow bioenergy fields. To manage the finances for the willow biomass produced, SUNY-ESF developed EcoWillow and has since provided anupdated EcoWillow 2.0 for financial analysis of willow biomass.

In the new eXtension case studies, we took a closer look at ReEnergy Holdings LLC and their use of recycled willow in the generation of electricity. Another study examined Renmatixand how they have turned biomass into industrial-use sugars. [Image: The Plantrose Process by Renmatix]

Bioenergy in the CPP Webinar for May 24, 2016

Approaches to CPP State Implementation Using Biomass: A Look at Oregon and Washington
Marcus Kauffman, Biomass Resource Specialist Oregon Department of Forestry
Chuck Hersey, Forest Health Planner Washington State Department of Natural Resources


If the video doesn't play, please click here, or copy/paste the link below:
https://youtu.be/kYmmhC4pcjk

 

NEW Safety and Health LearnNow Video

Hazards of Biomass Production on Marginal Land

If the video doesn't play, please click here, or copy/paste the link below:
https://youtu.be/vJFtGO2sLQ0

     

Announcements

NEWBio 2016 Annual Meeting
NEWBio will hold its annual meeting on Penn State's University Park campus this coming July. The meeting is for Project Team members and invited guests, who will gather to discuss project outputs and results on research, education and extension activities to date. The work plan for NEWBio's fifth and final year will also be reviewed. Registration is restricted to team members and invited guests. Information is available online: http://www.newbio.psu.edu/annualmeeting.asp

New Publications of Interest

  Switchgrass biofuel production on reclaimed surface mines: I. Soil quality and dry matter yield.
Brown, C., T. Griggs, T. Keene, M. Marra, and J. Skousen.
 
Switchgrass yield and quality on reclaimed surface mines in West Virginia: II. Feedstock Quality and Theoretical Ethanol Production.
Brown, C., T. Griggs, and J. Skousen.
 
Planting rates and delays during the establishment of willow biomass crops.
Bush, C., T.A. Volk, M.H. Eisenbies.
 
Changes in feedstock quality in willow chip piles created in winter from a commercial scale harvest.
Eisenbies, MH, TA. Volk, A. Patel.
 
Genotype by environment interactions analysis of North American shrub willow yield trials confirms superior performance of triploid hybrids
Fabio, E.S., Volk, T.A., Miller, R.O., Serapiglia, M.J., Gauch, H.G., Johnson, G.A, van Rees, K.C.J., Labrecque, M., Amichev, B.Y., Hangs, R.D., Kuzovkina, J.A., Ewy, R.G., Kling, G.J. and Smart, L.B.
 
Recently Bred Willow (Salix spp.) Biomass Crops Show Stable Yield Trends Over Three Rotations at Two Sites
Sleight, N. and T. Volk.
 
Directional liquefaction coupling fractionation of lignocellulosic biomass for platform chemicals.
Xu, J., X. Xie, J. Wang, J. Jiang

Registration for Bioenergy 2016 is now open!
Coming up July 12-14 is Bioenergy 2016, an annual conference sponsored by DOE. Registration this year is $75 (for non-profits like universities), with a 10% discount if you also register for the $50 Sustainable Transportation Summit July 11-12. Details and a partial agenda can be found on the website.

USDA AFRI Foundational Request for Applications (RFA) is Available
The USDA Agriculture and Food Research Institute (AFRI) Foundational Request for Applications (RFA) is out, with two sustainable bioenergy topic priorities among the four this year in Bioenergy, National Resources and Environment (3 and 4 in the list below - others of you I know have interests in items 1 and 2). There is $15M available to cover these four topics; individual proposals can be up to $500K and up to 4 years, proposals are due at 5 pm July 21.

1. Nitrogen and Phosphorus Cycling
2. Agro- System Management
3. Cover crops for Bioenergy and Biobased Products
4. Socio-economic Implementation and Public Policy Challenges of Biorefinery, Bioproduct Market Development and Expansion.

Please visit the linked PDF for details, in full RFA (with the topics above starting on page 25).

USDA-NIFA RFA for Regional Sustainable Bioenergy Coordinated Agricultural Projects
The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) also announced an RFA for Regional Sustainable Bioenergy Coordinated Agricultural Projects (CAPs) as well as workforce/education projects. $21M is available for these two types or project; CAPs can be up to $15M for 5 years, while education projects can be up to $5M for 5 years. Letters of Intent are due July 14, with full proposals due Sept. 21.

Bioenergy Science Center Competition
The DOE Office of Science is holding a competition for Bioenergy Science Centers, each Center funded in a range from $12.5M to $30M/year ($89M/year is available). Pre-applications are due June 17, full proposals Sept. 30.

Secondary Educator Workshop Added in New York
NEWBio's Education Team has added a teacher workshop in August for STEM teachers, Grades 6-12. The workshop will take place at the Wings Of Eagles Discover Center Museum in Horseheads, NY on August 15-17, 2016, with a pre-workshop introductory meeting and materials pickup on August 1, from 4 to 6 pm. The workshop will focus on sustainable energy and products. A teacher stipend will be available to offset costs of participation and teaching kits for educator STEM classrooms. The program will include a post-workshop field trip for attendee classes during the 2016-2017 school year. Space is limited to eight applicants. Download the program flyer, or visit https://www.regonline.com/NEWBioEducation2016


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