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UW-made video and factsheet kick off regional series on making biofuel from perennial grasses

A new factsheet and video created by BSE professor Kevin Shinners and Pam Porter, outreach specialist in the Environmental Resources Center, are the first in a series of materials covering the production of biofuel feedstocks derived from perennial grasses. The two items were released this month by CenUSA Bioenergy, an Iowa-based, USDA-funded multi-state project focused on developing sustainable systems for biofuel production. They cover methods to optimize harvesting and processing switchgrass to reduce energy required for cutting, drying, conditioning, baling and bale handling. For more info and links to the materials, see this CALS News post.