Start Date

4-12-2013 12:00 AM

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Through policies and programmatic commitments, the United States is exploring the use of alternative transportation fuels as means to meet the growing global demand for energy and the nation’s RFS targets. The CenUSA Bioenergy project is a five year, multi-state, and multi-disciplinary coordinated research and education effort to develop a sustainable system for the production of biofuel feedstocks derived from perennial grasses on land marginal for row crop production. Now in its 3 year, the project, funded by the USDA under the NIFA-AFRI Sustainable Biofuels Initiative (project #2010-05074), focuses on the production of perennial grasses integrated within the row crop landscape in the region consisting of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. CenUSA is comprised of researchers, scientists, and educators working in nine objective areas to move the project forward: 1) feedstock development, 2) sustainable production systems, 3) feedstock logistics, 4) system performance, 5) feedstock conversion, 6) markets and distribution, 7) health and safety, 8) education, and 9) extension and outreach.

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Dec 4th, 12:00 AM

Perennial grasses for bioenergy in the central United States: Updates on economics and research progress

Through policies and programmatic commitments, the United States is exploring the use of alternative transportation fuels as means to meet the growing global demand for energy and the nation’s RFS targets. The CenUSA Bioenergy project is a five year, multi-state, and multi-disciplinary coordinated research and education effort to develop a sustainable system for the production of biofuel feedstocks derived from perennial grasses on land marginal for row crop production. Now in its 3 year, the project, funded by the USDA under the NIFA-AFRI Sustainable Biofuels Initiative (project #2010-05074), focuses on the production of perennial grasses integrated within the row crop landscape in the region consisting of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. CenUSA is comprised of researchers, scientists, and educators working in nine objective areas to move the project forward: 1) feedstock development, 2) sustainable production systems, 3) feedstock logistics, 4) system performance, 5) feedstock conversion, 6) markets and distribution, 7) health and safety, 8) education, and 9) extension and outreach.