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The CenUSA Legacy

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Monday, July 11, 2016

CenUSA Bioenergy, a USDA coordinated agriculture project, was funded to address the challenges of producing biofuel and other products in an environmentally sustainable way that doesn’t interfere with food production or cause adverse land use change.

Over the past five years CenUSA has generated a wealth of information across nine different objectives. This video highlights major accomplishments of each objective in the CenUSA Bioenergy project.

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Instructional Video
Author / Producer: 
Pam Porter, CenUSA, U. of Wisconsin
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This CenUSA video was produced by Pamela Porter, University of Wisconsin Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems; and Don Fleischman, University of Wisconsin Division of Information Technology.

CenUSA Bioenergy is supported by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 2011-68005-30411 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

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An Overview of Switchgrass Diseases

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Monday, December 30, 2013

Because it is a native species requiring minimal management and has a high potential to sequester carbon, switchgrass has been identified as a potential biofuel species. As for any cultivated crop, diseases, insects, and weeds can be major constraints in switchgrass production. To date, not much research has been done on switchgrass diseases. Therefore, little is known about their etiology, epidemiology and impact on yield. This webinar will give an overview of switchgrass diseases. Among the diseases that will be discussed are Panicum mosaic caused by a virus and rust and leaf spots caused by fungi.

Video Type: 
Webinar
Author / Producer: 
Stephen Wegulo, University of Nebraska
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Stephen Wegulo, University of Nebraska 

CenUSA Bioenergy

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Switchgrass Economics in the North Central Region of the USA (Captioned)

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Dr. Richard Perrin, professor at the University of Nebraska Lincoln Agricultural Economics Department and a CenUSA Bioenergy researcher presents information about switchgrass production costs, potential markets, and market values for switchgrass biomass. Dr. Perrin also discusses potential break even values for corn and switchgrass production on marginal land. This CenUSA webinar was funded by the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 2011-68005-30411 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Video Type: 
Webinar
Author / Producer: 
Richard Perrin, University of Nebraska Lincoln
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Richard Perrin, University of Nebraska Lincoln Agricultural Economics Department

This CenUSA webinar was funded by the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 2011-68005-30411 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

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Plant Pathogen Risk Analysis for Bioenergy Switchgrass Grown in the Central USA

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

This video discusses plant pathogen risks that could impact switchgrass production for bioenergy in the Central USA. Plant pathologists such as Dr. Gary Yuen are studying various pathogens capable of infecting switchgrass, new switchgrass varieties, and their response to pathogen infection. This research will help plant pathologists like Dr. Yuen make recommendations for preventing and managing disease in switchgrass grown for bioenergy.

Videography, and editing done by Kelsey Lee.

CenUSA Bioenergy is supported by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 2011-68005-30411 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Video Type: 
Instructional Video
Author / Producer: 
Gary Yuen, University of Nebraska
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Videography, and editing done by Kelsey Lee.

Gary Yuen, University of Nebraska

CenUSA Bioenergy

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Commercialization Opportunities for Perennial Biofeedstocks

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Rob Mitchell gives us a brief summary of what he and his team have been working on for the commercialization objective within CenUSA Bioenergy.

Videography and editing done by Kelsey Lee.

CenUSA Bioenergy is supported by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no.2011-68005-30411 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Video Type: 
Instructional Video
Author / Producer: 
Rob Mitchell, USDA-ARS
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Videography and editing done by Kelsey Lee.

Rob Mitchell, USDA-ARS

CenUSA Bioenergy

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University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener Biochar Research Summary

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

CenUSA bioenergy is working with University of Minnesota Extension and their Master Gardener program to research the effects of biochar in home garden style test plots. Julie Weisenhorn, an Extension Educator at University of Minnesota discusses the background of the project, project goals, preliminary results, and next steps.

Filming for this video was done by Kelsey Lee, editing by Dylan VanBoxtel.

CenUSA Bioenergy is supported by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 2011-68005-30411 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

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Instructional Video
Author / Producer: 
Julie Weisenhorn, University of Minnesota
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Filming for this video was done by Kelsey Lee, editing by Dylan VanBoxtel.

Julie Weisenhorn, an Extension Educator at University of Minnesota

CenUSA Bioenergy

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Biochar: an Introduction to an Industry

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Dr. David Laird gives us an introduction to biochar, and research being done by CenUSA to investigate it's potential for use as a soil amendment.

Video filmed by Kelsey Lee, edited by Dylan VanBoxtel.

CenUSA Bioenergy is supported by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 2011-68005-30411 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Video Type: 
Instructional Video
Author / Producer: 
David Laird, Iowa State University
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Video filmed by Kelsey Lee, edited by Dylan VanBoxtel.

David Laird, Iowa State University

CenUSA Bioenergy

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SUNY-ESF / Shrub Willow

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

SUNY-ESF Research for Sustainable Northeast - Dr. Timothy Volk and SUNY-ESF are at the forefront of research into the growing of shrub willow for use in the creation of liquid transportation fuels such as ethanol and butanol, as burnable chips for heat and energy, and for numerous other bioproducts.

Video Type: 
Instructional Video
Author / Producer: 
SUNY-ESF Willow Project
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Dr. Timothy Volk, SUNY-ESF Willow Project

Shrub Willow - Carbon Sequestration & Renewable Energy

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Thursday, November 6, 2014
Levels of carbon sequestration in the root system of the shrub willow have proven to be even greater than previously thought. In this video, Dr. Timothy Volk explains how the shrub willow is both producing a renewable energy resource and also storing carbon dioxide in the ground.
 
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Instructional Video
Author / Producer: 
SUNY-ESF Willow Project
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Shrub Willow - A Renewable Energy Resource

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Thursday, November 6, 2014
Shrub willow is a fast-growing source of woody biomass that's being turned into a renewable energy resource. In Northern New York, about 2,500 tons of willow were harvested and delivered to energy facilities to generate renewable electricity this past year.
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Instructional Video
Author / Producer: 
SUNY-ESF Willow Project
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