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  • 13 Sep 2017 1:24 PM | Patricia Ellingwood (Administrator)

    Science Daily - Could switchgrass help China's air quality?

    Date: September 5, 2017

    Source:University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental \

    Sciences Summary:Researchers have proposed an idea that could improve China's air quality, but they're not atmospheric scientists. They're agronomists.  

    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170905134503.htm

  • 13 Sep 2017 9:33 AM | Patricia Ellingwood (Administrator)

    August 30, 2017      

    Written by Cleantech Canada Staff

    Aug. 30, 2017 - The Ontario government is starting a fund to support the creation and commercialization of green technologies, provincial officials announced yesterday.  


    The Low Carbon Innovation Fund will support technologies in areas such as alternative energy generation and conservation, new biofuels or bioproducts, transportation, and carbon capture and usage.

    Ontario says that this initiative is funded by proceeds from the province’s carbon market, and $25.8 million has been allocated to the fund.

    The fund includes two streams:

    The Technology Demonstration stream will support the development and commercialization of low carbon technologies through testing in real-world settings. Self-assessments and Expressions of Interest for the Technology Demonstration stream are due September 22, 2017.

    The Technology Validation stream will fund proof of concept or prototype projects from eligible Ontario companies or academic organizations. Applications for the Technology Validation stream will open in fall 2017.

    Projects eligible for funding include new greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction technology that addresses a specific need, and projects that show a significant improvement to an existing GHG reduction technology solution.

    Eligible projects must be conducted in Ontario and have the potential to play a significant role in helping the province meet its GHG reduction targets.

    “By investing proceeds from Ontario’s carbon market into innovative initiatives such as the Low Carbon Innovation Fund, our government is helping accelerate the growth of Ontario’s thriving cleantech sector. This will ensure Ontario companies develop homegrown solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help the province transition to a prosperous, low-carbon economy,” said Chris Ballard, Ontario minister of the Environment and Climate Change.

    The province says it has the fastest growing cleantech sector in Canada, with $8 billion in revenue, 3,000 companies and 65,000 employees.

    Read more: http://www.canadianmanufacturing.com/research-and-development/ontario-government-creates-25-8m-cleantech-innovation-fund-200313/

  • 07 Jul 2017 1:13 PM | Patricia Ellingwood (Administrator)

    Christine O’Reilly  will be joining  the OMAFRA Field Crops Unit as the new Forage and Grazier Specialist.

    Christine is a  graduate of the University of Guelph (Master of Science, Environmental Sciences) and the Ontario Agricultural College (Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management - BBRM).  She brings great technical knowledge and project management experience to OMAFRA.

    In her recent role with the Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN), Christine worked closely with farmers on applied research grazing and forage projects in the Algoma region of Ontario. She has also worked for a consulting company in Gloucestershire, England, where as a project manager she advised on soil science issues for a national pilot project to improve watershed quality in Great Britain.

    Christine will be starting in her new position on Monday July 17, 2017 and will be located in Lindsay. 

    Contact information:

    322 Kent Street West

    Lindsay, ON K9V 4T7

    Tel. 705 324 5855

  • 01 Feb 2017 7:31 PM | Urs Eggimann (Administrator)

    Switchgrass can improve soil quality on eroded farms, University of Missouri study finds. 

    The MU researchers studied plots with varying amounts of topsoil. Each plot included corn, soybeans and switchgrass. They found that switchgrass grew well in areas without topsoil and actually improved the soil in those areas.

    Access full article in MU News Bureau



  • 20 Jan 2017 7:09 PM | Urs Eggimann (Administrator)

    As new deliverables of the 2-year KTT initiative (Knowledge Translation & Transfer) the project team has released 3 more videos, addressing Animal Bedding, Animal Feed and Ginseng Mulch. Links to these videos can be accessed on the OBPC website

    The project team is currently putting the final touches on guides, addressing biomass based animal bedding and feed. During the winter season the project team has planned several "roadshow" initiatives, starting with a presentation at FarmSmart on January 21 in Guelph and a 3-hour switchgrass seminar at the Organic Conference on January 27.

    We will keep you posted about future events.

  • 20 Dec 2016 10:29 AM | Urs Eggimann (Administrator)

    As a first deliverable of a 2-year KTT initiative (Knowledge Translation & Transfer) the project team has released agronomy guides for switchgrass and miscanthus production. These documents can be accessed on the OBPC website

    The agronomy guides are comprehensive resources for existing and future biomass producers. The agronomy guides provide practical answers and solutions to newcomers of Ag biomass production as well as to very advanced growers.

    The guides are the results of a very productive partnership of the University of Guelph, OMAFRA, REAP-Canada and Ontario Biomass Producers Co-operative Inc. as well as our sponsors Livestock Research Innovation Corporation Inc. and Ontario Agri-Food Technologies.

    The project team is currently working on guides, addressing biomass based animal bedding and feed. During the winter season the project team has planned several "roadshow" initiatives, starting with a presentation at FarmSmart on January 21 in Guelph and a 3-hour switchgrass seminar at the Organic Conference on January 27.

    We will keep you posted about future events.

  • 28 Oct 2016 4:19 PM | Patricia Ellingwood (Administrator)

      "WITCHGRASS” SWITCHGRASS FACTS:"

    • Switchgrass is one of many “energy crops”—plants that can be grown specifically to be harvested and converted into biofuel at a biorefinery.
    • Switchgrass thrives in many different soil types and land conditions, reduces soil erosion, is good at fixing nitrogen into the soil, and can grow with less water, fertilizers, and pesticides than many crops.
    • Planting switchgrass on the margins of croplands reduces soil erosion compared to annual row crops.
    • Switchgrass has a higher tolerance to droughts and floods because its deep roots require less water.

    Growers can spend less on pesticides because switchgrass has fewer pests. Switchgrass is also very good at fixing nitrogen in the soil, which improves soil fertility. 

    Read more:

    http://energy.gov/eere/articles/witchgrass-switchgrass-feedstock-future-flights

     

  • 03 Aug 2016 2:52 PM | Patricia Ellingwood (Administrator)

    After years of extensive product development and testing, OurPet's Company (OTCQX: OPCO) is introducing Switchgrass Natural Cat Litter™ with BioChar that has been top ranked amongst competitors through third party testing. OurPet's will be showcase the cat litter at their SuperZoo booth, #10219, in Las Vegas, NV.

    Read the article

     

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