Upcoming Events


The IBSS Partnership in cooperation with Genera Energy, Inc., will host a Crop Technology Day event. The event will be held on January 20, 2015 at the Color Wheel Farm (2632 Niles Ferry Rd., Vonore, TN 37885), and will feature on-farm demonstrations of energy crop harvesting as well as an unmanned aerial vehicle presentation. The event begins at 1 p.m. and is scheduled to run until 4 p.m. The field day will include presentations and equipment demonstrations from New Holland and John Deere. The field day and the demonstration is open to the general public.

There is no cost to attend the event, but participants are required to pre-register at least one week prior. To register, please email your name, affiliation (producer, business or agency name), and contact information (mailing address, phone, and email address) to Jessica McCord at or by calling 865-974-7370 and providing that same information. You may register multiple individuals, but please provide the requested information for each person. Please indicate during registration whether special accommodations will be needed for persons with limited mobility.

Please check the IBSS website ( for the latest details about the event. Please note, participants should wear appropriate attire for outdoor tour stops.

The Southeastern Sun Grant Center will host a regional conference –Southern Crossroads: Progress In Biomass Production, Processing and Use.  It will be held February 2-4, 2015 at the Hotel at Auburn University in Auburn, AL.  The conference will highlight recent advances in the science and technology contributing to the deployment of advanced biofuels and bioproducts  from agricultural and forest systems.  Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Development of novel energy crops, including advances in molecular genetics and genomics
  • Best management practices for agricultural and forestry biomass feedstock production
  • Management systems and practices to effectively integrate biomass production into existing forestry and agriculture activities
  • Improved logistics for delivering affordable, high quality feedstock to the biorefinery
  • Innovative pretreatment technologies to improve sugar release and reduce conversion cost
  • Feedstock-process interactions impacting biochemical and thermochemical conversion processes
  • Novel analytical methods for characterizing chemical and physical properties of biomass
  • Systems integration, innovative model development, and new metrics advancing sustainable development of the industry
  • Recent progress on resource assessments, business cases, facility siting, economic analyses, and social implications of an evolving bioeconomy
  • Sustainability and environmental outcomes of feedstock production

Thank you for your support of the Southeastern Sun Grant Center, and for helping make this an important and valuable exchange of scientific information.  Please visit the Sun Grant Regional Conference website for further meeting details and updates.