Farmers growing crops in Louisiana and Mississippi may soon have two new crops to add to their portfolios. Researchers with the LSU AgCenter, Mississippi State University Cooperative Extension Service and the United States Department of Agriculture are working together to bring new sugarcane and sweet sorghum varieties north of Interstate 10. The researchers say the new crops can be used to provide feedstock for biorefineries to use in producing next generation biofuels such as jet fuel. Follow the link for the full story: http://www.lsuagcenter.com/en/communications/news/headline_news/New-crops-on-horizon-for-north-Louisiana-Mississippi-producers-.htm
President Obama signed the Agriculture Act of 2014 (the Farm Bill) into law during a Feb. 7 ceremony at Michigan State University. During his speech, Obama also announced the launch of a new “Made in Rural America” export and investment initiative. Of particular importance to renewable energy supporters, the Farm Bill provides $881 million for Title IX (Energy Title) in mandatory funding over its five years to many key bioenergy provisions. The Environmental and Energy Study Institute has provided highlights of the funding and description of key programs.
In October 2013, the Pinchot Institute for Conservation convened a workshop to explore the potential application of biomass sustainability criteria being developed by European governments and industry. The workshop brought together more than 60 participants including representatives of US pellet producers, European purchasers, U.S., Canadian, and European policymakers, and conservation organizations to analyze and debate complex sustainability issues related to the growing trade in wood pellets between the U.S. and Europe. A summary of the two-day workshop has been captured in The Transatlantic Trade in Wood for Energy: A Dialogue on Sustainability Standards and Greenhouse Gas Emissions [Download report PDF here].
Brian Kittler (Pinchot Institute for Conservation) and Tat Smith (University of Toronto and IEA Bioenergy Task 43) will host a webinar to present findings from the workshop on sustainability standards and greenhouse gas emissions in the transatlantic wood pellet trade.
Date: Thursday, February 27, 2014
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM EST
Register now: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/740428319
Briefing materials and presentations from the October 2013 workshop can be viewed at http://www.pinchot.org/pellets.
The February 2014 edition of the Southern Bioenergy Network News has been posted to the SAFER website’s Publications page. Please take a moment to catch up on all the international, national and regional bioenergy happenings in one compilation of relevant news stories.
Austin, Texas, has had many nicknames and slogans. In 2011, Mayor Lee Leffingwell added to the list by declaring Austin to be the “Clean Energy Capital of the World.” Among the strengths that help support this claim is the Austin Clean Energy Incubator (CEI). CEI is one of four incubators that make up the Austin Technology Incubator program. The incubators guide early stage technology companies towards commercial success by broadening their connections and networks, while helping them develop solid business plans, further their product development, access management talent, and raise capital.
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