Alabama’s Timberland Acreage Increases to 23 Million Acres

2014 Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) data shows that timberland in Alabama has increased to an all-time high of 23 million acres, an increase of 360,000 acres since the year 2000. FIA data also shows that for every ton of timber harvested, 1.55 tons of new growth are added to Alabama forests each year. Total timber volume has increased 18.7 percent since 2000 to a total of 1.17 billion tons. Softwood timber volume (primarily pine species) has increased 31.1 percent, while hardwood timber volume has increased 7.6 percent. For the full report pertaining to the current status of Alabama’s forest resources, visit www.forestry.alabama.gov/PDFs/alabamaForestResourceReport.pdf.

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Economic Impact of the Biobased Product Industry

USDA released a new report that shows the U.S. biobased industry is generating substantial economic activity and American jobs.  In 2013, 1.5 million jobs directly supported the biobased product industry.  The report builds on the “Why Biobased?” report released by the USDA in October 2014.

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Southern Bioenergy Network News – June 2015 Edition

The latest edition of the Southern Bioenergy Network News is online.  This month, find updates on the renewable fuel standard (RFS), National Bioenergy Day 2015, new biomass educational resources and Farm Bill energy title program developments.  See the newsletter HERE in a webpage.

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Clemson receives grant to research crops for energy use

Clemson University and Abengoa Energy Crops are embarking on a new bioenergy research and education initiative in South Carolina as a result of a partnership established last year involving university, federal government, and private industry scientists and educators.  “We are very excited about these new opportunities for landowners and the information our research will provide,” said lead research professor James Frederick. See the Clemson University press release.

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BCAP Reopens and Taking Applications

USDA announced that incentives will resume this summer for farmers, ranchers and forest landowners interested in growing and harvesting biomass for renewable energy. The support comes through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP). BCAP provides financial assistance to establish and maintain new crops of energy biomass, or who harvest and deliver forest or agricultural residues to a qualifying energy facility.

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