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IBSS Partners Collaborate on Data Collection, Analysis Tools

Members of the IBSS Partnership from North Carolina and Tennessee have forged a new business partnership leveraging PrecisionHawk's unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology and supporting software. The partnership between the Vonore, Tenn. and Raleigh, N.C.-based agriculture companies pairs Genera's knowledge and experience on biomass crop performance with remotely sensed aerial images from PrecisionHawk's aerial vehicles and other sources, including satellite imagery.

The partnership will let biomass crop producers analyze the performance of their biomass acreage using PrecisionHawk's DataMapper software when paired with a biomass crop data analysis algorithm developed by Genera Energy. The algorithm, based on Genera Energy's extensive knowledge of lignocellulosic energy crops, will be licensed to PrecisionHawk by Genera Energy and available for download from PrecisionHawk's "Algorithm Marketplace" alongside other analysis add-ons for monitoring plant characteristics, pests, and disease.

Both Genera Energy and PrecisionHawk have actively supported the IBSS Partnership through research collaborations and demonstrations at the 2015 IBSS Annual Meeting, Crop Technology Field Day, and other venues. For more on this new partnership, a press release is available, "PrecisionHawk Partners With Genera Energy to Build Aerial Analysis Tools for Biomass Crops."

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Bioenergy Council Meeting 

Please join us for the NC Bioenergy Council meeting being held on December 10, 2015 at the Iredell Extension Center in Statesville, NC. The deadline to register for the Bioenergy Council Meeting is December 3, 2015. 

The purpose of this meeting is to bring all stakeholders of the bioenergy industry together to have a discussion on the current challenges and opportunities that exist in order to develop solutions that encourage growth for this sector for the western part of North Carolina. This workshop will consist of a roundtable discussion of bioenergy experts from various sectors, biomass opportunities on Federal forest lands, a working group lunch, and an afternoon tour of biomass boiler operations at Metrolina Greenhouse. 

Download the agenda and view more information (HERE).

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Save the Date! 
National Working Forum on Managing Poplar & Willow for Environmental Benefits

This forum will bring together stakeholders from across the nation to discuss how to move the biomass from environmental plantings toward commercial use for bioenergy and biochemicals. Both poplar and willow can be grown for many environmental applications. These trees are also excellent feedstocks to replace petroleum.

The goal for the forum is to develop key action items and recommendations to establish renewable energy markets for biomass from environmental plantings. Topics include: phytoremediation, poplar and willow for water quality, bioenergy and bioproduct industry potential, and environmental and energy policies. More info is available at

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The IBSS Partnership is supported by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 2011-68005-30410 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
 
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