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Woody Crop Whistle Stop


In September, October and November, IBSS will take to the road to show off research progress from the Partnership!

During the tour, IBSS will feature Auburn University's mobile biomass gasifier, demonstrating how to turn biomass into electricity on a small scale. On Tuesday, September 30, the tour will stop in Columbus, MS, for an IBSS/Advanced Hardwood Biofuels (AHB) Field Day. Based on two years of successful experiments in the Southeast and Pacific Northwest with fast-growing cottonwood and hybrid poplars, IBSS, AHB, GreenWood Resources, and ArborGen, Inc. have partnered to establish a 70-acre hybrid poplar plantation. At this stop, visitors will get to walk through the plantation and learn about new research on genetics, stand establishment, wildlife impacts and biomass harvesting logistics.

On Friday, October 10, the tour will stop at the University of Tennessee Research and Education Center (ETREC) in Knoxville for a half-day tour. Visitors to the ETREC will learn first-hand about new energy crops like fast-growing woody poplar and their importance as a feedstock for the emerging biofuels industry. This event will coincide with the IBSS Annual Meeting. Stops are also planned for September 13 at Auburn's Ag Discovery Day and November 19 at the Alabama Joint Leadership Development Conference (JLDC).

Lunch will be provided for all attendees at the Columbus, MS site and the ETREC in Knoxville, TN. Advanced registration is required for planning purposes. To reserve your space and your meal, please email Jessica McCord, (865-974-7370). (MORE)


IBSS Annual Meeting  


Please make plans to attend the third annual meeting of the IBSS Partnership IBSS! The meeting will run October 8th-10th, 2014. You may also want to hold October 7th as a travel day. If you have not had the chance to RSVP, please do so by emailing by Friday, September 5. The meeting will be held at the University of Tennessee- Plant Biotechnology Building A working agenda is available for download for your travel planning. We will begin the Annual Meeting at 8:00 am Wednesday (10/8) morning. 


More information - including parking and transportation - will be sent out via e-mail (and posted online) as it becomes available. (MORE).


NC Bioenergy Field Day & Tour on Sept. 18


Do you live or work in Duplin, Sampson, Wayne, Lenoir, Pender, Greene, or surrounding counties? Would you like to learn more about the opportunities and sustainable practices relating to Bioenergy?


As part of NCSU's land grant mission in teaching, research and extension, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Natural Resources will join with the NC Bioenergy Research Initiative of the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to present the 2014 NC Bioenergy & BBQ Field Day.  We are inviting the public to learn about the research underway on fast growing tree crops and energy grasses and how power plants such as Coastal Carolina Clean Power are providing society with renewable energy from biomass. This special field day at the Williamsdale Biofuels Lab will provide the local community the opportunity to view a wide range of advanced bioenergy feedstocks such as hybrid poplars and native hardwoods, miscanthus, sweet sorghum, switchgrass, and Arundo donax. Attendees will also have the opportunity to tour an operating biomass power facility! 


Advanced registration is required, but admission is free. Click here for details!

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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