Wednesday July 23, 2014 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM EDT
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USDA-NRCS Big Flats Plant Materials Center 
3266 Rt 352
Big Flats, NY 14814

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Paul Salon 

2014 Perennial Biofeedstock Energy Tour and Presentations 

Biomass Energy workshop with presentations, tour of reasearch plots, and demonstrations of innovative biomass energy technologies. At the USDA-NRCS Big Flats Plant Materials Center on July 23rd, 2014.



USDA-NRCS Big Flats Plant Materials Center

 Wednesday, July 23rd  2014

9:30 am – 3:30 pm

 Registration: 9:30 – 10:00

Presenters during the field tour: 10:00 – 12:30

Paul Salon- USDA-NRCS Plant Materials Specialist:  Establishment of Warm Season Grasses and Biomass Projects at the Big Flats PMC.

Julie  Hansen- Senior Extension Associate and Don Viands- Professor, Cornell Plant Breeding and Genetics Department:  Switchgrass  Breeding Overview and Breeding Projects at Cornell.

Ben Ballard- SUNY Morrisville, Director, Renewable Energy Training Center, Assistant Professor: Thermochemical Conversion of Biomass and Near Term Practical Applications. Demonstration of a Biomass Generator (20kWe).

Larry Abrahamson - SUNY College of Environmental Sciences, Senior Research Associate, Emeritus: Status of Willow Energy Crops in New York and Surrounding States.             

Gary Bergstrom - Cornell Dept. of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, Professor: Biology and Management of Switchgrass Smut and Rust Diseases.

Robert Rynk- SUNY Cobleskill, Director, Center for Environmental Science and Technology, Assoc. Professor, Agricultural Engineering: The Utilization of  Biomass Pellets for the Production of Electrical Power Through the Conversion to Clean Fuel Gas (also known as syngas). Demonstration of  a Syngas Generator which Operates a John Deere Gator on Biomass Pellets.

Lunch, Demonstration & Table Top Exhibits:  12:30 – 1:30  

Kim McNight- Powdered Biomass Burner Demonstration, Summerhill Biomass Systems

Presentations: 1:30 - 3:00

1:30-  Sarah Wurzbacher- Penn State Extension, NEWBio Consortium: New Uses & Markets for Bioenergy Crops.

2:00- Jonathan Barter-Steuben Co. SWCD and Southern Tier Biomass: Evaluating Emissions from Combustion of Densified Grasses in a Commercial Gasification Boiler.

2:30- Brian Richards- Cornell Dept. of Biological and Environmental Engineering, Senior Research Associate: Sustainable Development of Perennial Grass Bioenergy on Marginal Soils of New York.

3:00- Matt McArdle- President of Mesa Engineering, Auburn NY and Chairman of the NY Biomass Energy Alliance: Industry Perspective on Renewable Heat NY Programand “NYS  Cleaner Greener Communities Initiative.  

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 Contact Paul Salon, paul.salon@ny.usda.gov (607-562-8404) for further information and to let us know of any special accomodations. Please bring $12.00 to cover the cost of lunch and refreshments.

 Directions: Take Route 17 (I 86) to Exit 48 (East Corning/Route 352). Follow Route 352 east for 1.5 miles.  PMC entrance is on the left.

4.5 hours SAF Category 1-CF (approved) , 3.5 CCA credits, 1 pesticide credit pending approval

In cooperation with Cornell University, Penn State University, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Morrisville and Cobleskill Colleges.


Sponsored in part by the Upper Susquehanna Coalition

The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


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