Short Course: Designing Sustainable, Working Landscapes with Perennial Crops for Bioenergy & Ecosystem Services

April 05, 2017

Attend a NewBio Short Course*
Designing Sustainable, Working Landscapes with Perennial Crops for Bioenergy and Ecosystem Services
April 5-6, 2017, State College, PA

Rescheduled from its original date in October, the April short course program, which provides an in-depth look at opportunities for the use of perennial biomass crops (including grasses and short-rotation woody crops) in accomplishing conservation and rehabilitation goals on a landscape scale, is now accepting registrants. Presentations, panels, discussions, networking sessions, and field tours feature leading researchers, agency representatives, and industry professionals in the field.

Though difficult to quantify in dollars, vegetative ecosystem services such as water filtration, carbon storage, erosion and runoff prevention, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, and scenic beauty provide extraordinary value to society. Perennial vegetation in the form of biomass crops that reach bioproduct and biofuel markets are becoming more of an option for farmers, landowners, and land managers, and they can also supply these ecosystem services. Many of these crops exhibit conservation or site rehabilitation value, introducing new opportunities for simultaneous economic and environmental benefits.  

Register and find out more about the program here.

Who should attend:

  • Agencies, consultants, and environmental engineers tasked with enhancing water quality, erosion control, wildlife habitat, and the reclamation of disturbed sites.
  • Researchers investigating sustainable agriculture, ecosystem services, water treatment and quality, landscape design, and the bioeconomy.
  • Farmers and land managers with interest in new crops and markets as well as BMPs.
  • Policy professionals, government officials, and advocates.

Don't miss the early bird registration deadline to save $30 on your registration!

*CenUSA and NewBio ar part of a 7 member group of programs supported by the USDA National Institutes of Food and Agriculture's Agriculture $156 million Food and Research Initiative. Learn more about how the projects are developing regional systems for the sustainable production of biofuels (e. g. bio-jet fuel and diesel), biopower (heat and electricity), and biobased products here.

Biomass Preparation, Handling & Storage Workshop & Trade Show

April 10, 2017

A conference focused on biomass preparation, storage and handling is being held in Minneapolis, MN on April 10, 2017.

The organizers say: "The operation and financial success of any biomass-to-energy facility requires its operators to utilize high-quality, consistent biomass feedstocks. The Biomass Preparation, Handling & Storage Workshop agenda will allow producers to take an in-depth look at the latest innovations and strategies in biomass handling and compare it to their own. Whether producers are sourcing wood chips from a handful of trusted suppliers for a campus boiler or are a biorefinery working to gather, store and convert hundreds of thousands of tons of agricultural residues, this agenda will offer practical value."

Get registration and agenda details here

AHB announces poplar tree & renewable energy meeting

April 25, 2017

Toward Renewable Energy and Ecosystem Services
Date: April 25th, 2017

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If you are coming from out of town, we have compiled a list of hotels and transportation options here.

Strategies for addressing climate change, water quality, and other environmental issues are needed in the PNW. The primary focus of the meeting is to explore using poplar tree plantings as a means of linking bioenergy and biomass production with ecosystem services to improve water, soil, air, climate, and wildlife habitat.

Poplar trees are currently grown for wastewater, biosolid, and landfill management. Other potential ecosystem services include stormwater management, riparian buffers, and soil improvement. The biomass from these poplar trees can be used for renewable fuels and other products to reduce petroleum consumption.