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.