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You are invited to attend our latest Live Webinar sponsored by: Integrated Biomass Supply Systems (IBSS), North Carolina State University-Extension Forestry, Southern Regional Extension Forestry, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension, and 25x'25.

Title: Breeding High Yielding Bioenergy Sorghum for the New Bioenergy Belt

What will you learn?
Sorghum will dramatically increase the viability of bioenergy because it is a highly productive crop with a limited need for irrigation or fertilization. The region targeted for future production, however, has unique challenges that must be overcome to maximize sorghum's potential. A new systems-oriented vision and understanding are required for a new crop, in a new region, for a new use. A specific goal is clear - sorghum that can yield at least 15-20 tons of dry biomass per acre with a desirable composition, a level that would clearly signal commercial potential. Current breeding techniques require extended timelines to screen germplasm and find genetic markers predictive of carbon assimilation and conversion, resistance/tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses, and adaptation to cultivation in targeted regions. We propose a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary program that will bring disruptive technology to the process of breeding bioenergy crops. These capabilities will enable modeling and rapid prediction of plant performance in the field. Specifically, phenotyping will focus on identifying, validating, and deploying traits amenable to being automatically collected efficiently and rigorously and that are proven to drive yield gain and compositional improvements. At the end of the program we expect to deliver commercializable automated crop sensing platforms, novel algorithms for inferring phenotypes, genetically characterized yield and compositional traits, and high-yielding high-quality hybrids for commerce. This presentation will provide an overview of the project, and progress to date. 

Presenters/Authors:
Dr. Barry Flinn, Program Manager: TERRA-BOOST/Public Service Activities, Clemson University

 

 

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The new series is a co-sponsored effort by the USDA NIFA AFRI Regional Bioenergy System Coordinated Agricultural Projects, which  focus on sustainable production of advanced biofuels, industrial chemicals, and biobased products to enhance existing agricultural systems, create rural jobs, and achieve other goals related to energy security and sustainability.

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The Clean Power Plan (CPP) was announced by President Obama and the EPA in early August of last year and provides the first-ever national standards that address carbon pollution from power plants.  The final rule takes into account over 4.3 million stakeholder and public comments to ease its implementation, with individual states, tribes, and territories building their own plans to meet mandated carbon reduction goals specific to each planning entity. Those goals are set for the year 2030, providing 15 years for full implementation of emission reduction measures, whose efficacy will be assessed between 2022 and 2029.  The proposed state plans outlining how this will be achieved must be submitted in September of 2016 and contain specific steps for each tool in a portfolio of methods used to meet state-level goals:  emissions trading, increasing energy efficiency on both supply and demand sides, shifting coal generation to natural gas generation, and/or increasing renewable power generation.  That last category leaves room for biomass energy, but stakeholders in the bioeconomy still seek clarification on exactly how biomass could or should fit in to a state plan.  This webinar seriesbegins to tackle that question, providing guidance, information from cutting-edge research, and expert perspectives on the role sustainable bioenergy can play in state plans designed to meet CPP requirements.

  
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Early Series Schedule

  • January 12, 1pm EST
    • U.S. Carbon Policy Trends and Implications for the Biomass Industry
    • Speakers:  Jessie Stolark and Laura Small, policy associates with the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI)
    • Description:  This presentation will cover the history and precedence for the Clean Power Plan, how EPA expects states to comply with the rule, opportunities for biomass stakeholders to engage with EPA and state air regulators on the rule, and the potential implications to the U.S. biomass industry.
  • February 9, 1pm EST
    • Counting Carbon in Bioenergy Systems:  Opportunities and Challenges
    • Speaker:  Peter Woodbury, Cornell University
  • February 23, 1pm EST
    • Bioenergy Emissions Accounting under the CPP
    • Speaker:  Emily McGlynn, Earth Partners Director of Strategy and Policy
  • With more presentations to follow tackling such subjects as modeling changes in biomass markets, bioelectricity in the CPP, and more.
All presentations are free of charge and do not require pre-registration. 

 

Archived Webinars

Archived IBSS Partnership webinars are available on the IBSS YouTube page, or from the "Archived Webinars" portion of the IBSS Videos page.

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Questions? Ideas? Comments?

We would like to hear from you. If you have questions, ideas or comments related to the Bucket to the Barrel webinar series, please contact Helene Cser.


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