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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
Acknowledgments: 

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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Switchgrass Decision Tool

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Perennial warm season grasses for use as bioenergy crops is still a future possibility, yet current opportunities exist to use perennial warm season grasses for erosion control, grazing, or forages.  The CenUSA bioenergy project funded by USDA NIFA has completed extensive analysis on Switchgrass and other perennials to help foster their utility in the corn belt as bioenergy crops on marginal land.  The enonomic and agronomic analysis has led to the creation of an online tool farmers can use to quantify the costs and benefits of growing switchgrass or other perennial warm season grasses.

Find tool and other resources: Estimated Cost of Establishment and Production of “Liberty” Switchgrass: Perennial Grass Decision Support Tool - Mainul Hoque, Georgeanne Artz, Chad Hart

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Webinar
Author / Producer: 
Keri Jacobs and Chad Hart, Iowa State University
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Bioenergy Friday Web Seminar Series, hosted by F. John Hay, is sponsored by University of Nebraska Lincoln and eXtension.

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.

Biochar and Beyond from ARTi

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Presenters Matt Kieffer, Juan Proano and Bernardo del Campo discuss biochar from production to end product and its uses and applications worldwide. Don't miss this presentation, you will be impressed with the enthusiasm and drive of these young bioenergy entrepreneurs.  Their company ARTI can be found online at http://artichar.com/.

Video Type: 
Webinar
Author / Producer: 
Matt Kieffer, Iowa State U.
Acknowledgments: 

http://artichar.com/

Bioenergy Friday Web Seminar Series, hosted by F. John Hay, is sponsored by University of Nebraska Lincoln and eXtension.

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.

Diversifying Cellulosic Feedstocks with Native Perennial Grasses

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Presented by Dr. DK Lee, University of Illinois, who discusses his research on the role of Prairie Cordgrass and other perennial grass feedstocks in biomass production.

Beneficial bioenergy feedstock should have positive environmental aspects and not compete with food production. Our native prairie grasses can meet both of these requirements. Native prairie grasses as dedicated energy crops have been estimated by agricultural models to have greater potential profits than conventional crops on approximately 16.9 million ha within the United States...

Video Type: 
Webinar
Author / Producer: 
DK Lee, University of Illinois
Acknowledgments: 

Bioenergy Friday Web Seminar Series, hosted by F. John Hay, is sponsored by University of Nebraska Lincoln and eXtension.

 

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.

Aphid Resistance in Switchgrass

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Discovery of aphid resistance in perennial bioenergy feedstock - switchgrass.

Presenter: Kyle Koch, Graduate Student at the University of Nebraska Lincoln

 

 

Video Type: 
Webinar
Author / Producer: 
CenUSA Bioenergy
Acknowledgments: 

F. John Hay hosts the Bioenergy Webinar Series, University of Nebraska - Lincoln. http://cropwatch.unl.edu/bioenergy/forums

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.

Biochar 101: Intro to Biochar

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Monday, January 26, 2015

At the 2014 CenUSA Annual meeting Kurt Spokas presented an introduction to biochar. This is the archived presentation.

 

Video Type: 
Webinar
Author / Producer: 
Kurt Spokas, USDA-ARS
Acknowledgments: 

Kurt Spokas is a Research Soil Scientist for USDA/ARS in St. Paul Minnesota.

 

The CenUSA Bioenergy project 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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Anticipating Impacts of RFS 2014 Volumes on Corn and Soybean Prices

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

How will the Renewable Fuel Standard of 2014 affect corn and soybean prices? Bruce Babcock, of Iowa State University, explains in this webinar.

Video Type: 
Webinar
Author / Producer: 
Bruce Babcock, Bioeconomy Institute
Acknowledgments: 

Bruce Babcock, Iowa State University, presented by the Bioeconomy Institute of Iowa State University.

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The Renewable Fuel Standard and the RINs markets

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

What is the Renewable Fuel Standard and why is it so important? What are RIN Markets and how do they work? Dr. Wally Tyner of Purdue University explains in this webinar.

Video Type: 
Webinar
Author / Producer: 
Wally Tyner, Bioeconomy Institute
Acknowledgments: 

Wally Tyner, Purdue University, presented by the Bioeconomy Institute of Iowa State University.

Ethanol and small nonroad engines

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Ethanol gasoline blends of 10% are ubiquitous. Yet questions and rumors abound about how ethanol blends affect small engines. This presentation will discuss how ethanol blends are different than 100% gasoline and how these changes impact small engines. In particular this presentation will cover the combustion process and how ethanol blends function in small engines. If you have ever wondered about how ethanol impacts your small engines this presentation is for you.

Video Type: 
Instructional Video
Author / Producer: 
Ed Brokesh, Bioeconomy Institute
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Ed Brokesh, Extension Specialist, Kansas State University, presented by the Bioeconomy Institute of Iowa State University.

What are cellulosic biofuels?

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Why is cellulose so important to ethanol? Mark Seamon, Extension Educator, Michigan State University explains cellulosic ethanol.

Video Type: 
Instructional Video
Author / Producer: 
Mark Seamon, Bioeconomy Institute
Acknowledgments: 

Mark Seamon, Extension Educator, Michigan State University, presented by the Bioeconomy Institute of Iowa State University.

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