• 27 Nov 2012 11:37 AM | Urs Eggimann (Administrator)
    The following is an article in the Biomass Magazine, written by Dan Arnett, Biomass Coordinator at Ernst Seeds and board member of REAP-Canada.

    Is Ag biomass here to stay?
  • 27 Sep 2012 12:17 PM | Urs Eggimann (Administrator)
    In the October 2012 edition of the Better Farming magazine our president made the front page!
    A dominant article (over 10 pages), written by Mary Baxter, covers the current state and future of biomass crops and an in-depth coverage of encountered challenges.

    Mary interviewed a group of "Biomass people" of our province, including James Fisher, John Kelly, Bill Deen, Scott Abercrombie, Ian Moncrieff, Urs Eggimann, Adam DeVisser, Dean Tiessen and others. As an addendum to the article there is some coverage of Catherine Tredway of White Cloud Innovations and her fibre board projects.

    The article is well worth reading. At a later stage we might be able to get a copy for our website. 
  • 18 Sep 2012 3:23 PM | Urs Eggimann (Administrator)
    It is hard to believe, but the COFS is already history. The show was a tough deadline for our group to get some essential things accomplished, which might have dragged on for much longer.

    Our name change from OBPG to OBPC required numerous changes on our website, registration forms as well as standard handouts. With the new name we now also have an attractive logo, which required a substantial effort from some of our board members.

    Our policy, to give members a chance to promote their business during OBPC events, has been a genuine success. Switch Energy Corp. (Don Nott) and New Energy Farms (Dean Tiessen) participated at our booth. Their promotion material und to some extent their direct presence made a real difference to the success of our biomass display.

    With the generous footprint of our tent at the farm show we could offer a roof for booths of Ontario Agri-Food Technologies (Dr. Gord Surgeoner's group), REAP-Canada and a group of UofG PHD students of Dr. Mohanty's Biocomposites team. The students were a refreshing addition to our team of rather seasoned board members.

    Even though the efforts for a show presence were quite substantial, we obtained some significant rewards. We managed to meet all kinds of interesting people who play important roles in the biomass industry. One of the highlights was a visit of Catherine Tredway, from White Cloud Innovations. The farm show was an excellent opportunity to introduce Catherine to some significant challenges biomass producers face with their crops. Don Nott's personal tour guidance at the OSCIA Biomass Trial Plots was probably the best biomass producers 101 Catherine could have asked for.

    Dr. Mohanty also managed to visit his students and our group. It is really important that researchers and producers get to know each other more closely and find innovative ways for an improved cooperation.

    We met people with wide ranging biomass interests at the farm show. It has become very obvious that there are numerous biomass applications and end uses and the sky can be the limit. With the shortage of some commodities like, wheat straw, oat hulls, regular hay, etc., we get some new attention from the mushroom industry, animal feed companies and others.

    The future for biomass producers looks more promising than ever before!

  • 31 Aug 2012 1:26 PM | Urs Eggimann (Administrator)
    Make sure you register on time for the upcoming Biomass Tour with numerous stops and biomass attractions across our province. For tour details, maps, events, dates, etc. go to the following link:

  • 29 Aug 2012 10:04 AM | Urs Eggimann (Administrator)
    At  the August 27th board meeting it became official that Ontario Biomass Producers Group is now a co-operative. The official name is Ontario Biomass Producers Co-operative Inc. or OBPC for short. To simplify things a little bit we also use the name of Ontario Biomass Producers Co-op.
    Being incorporated as a co-op is a decisive step to open the door for our group to realize real biomass projects in our province.
    We will continue to play our role as an interest group to educate the public about biomass issues and will strengthen our efforts to link biomass producers with biomass related industry partners.
  • 22 Jul 2012 6:00 PM | Urs Eggimann (Administrator)
    Pro Farm Energy Inc. is looking to lease thousands of acres of agricultural land in hopes of growing enough Miscanthus giganteus to feed a 10-megawatt power plant developed by Minas Basin Pulp and Power Co. Ltd.

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