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  • 28 May 2012 1:34 PM | Urs Eggimann (Administrator)

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  • 18 May 2012 10:11 PM | Urs Eggimann (Administrator)
    “The idea is to cut out a little media space for biofuels to raise awareness,” said Bob Menard, a representative of the Power Workers Union. “It’s what we want people to start thinking about when they hear talk of renewable power.”

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  • 18 May 2012 9:12 PM | Urs Eggimann (Administrator)
    It looks like straw prices will continue to be strong, as available supply is small. What is it worth? A great question! Lots! Unfortunately, the Provincial Cereal Specialist has done an amazing job of becoming the STRAW SPECIALIST!

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  • 18 May 2012 9:03 PM | Urs Eggimann (Administrator)
    “There is a future for the purpose-grown biomass industry,” says the report. “Farmers are encouraged to include these crops in Ontario’s agricultural system.”

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  • 13 May 2012 4:35 PM | Urs Eggimann (Administrator)

    Summary

    Contrary to popular belief, switchgrass is not a new or novel crop but has more than 70 years of research and farming experience. Currently available plant materials and production practices can reliably produce five tons per acre in the central Great Plains and Midwest and 10 tons per acre in much of the Southeast. New cultivars and management practices will significantly increase yields similar to the yield increases achieved in corn in the last 30 years. The availability of adequate acres of agricultural land and the profit potential provided to farmers for growing switchgrass in a region will determine the success of growing switchgrass for biomass energy. Production practices and plant materials are available to achieve sustainable and profitable biomass production, for both farmers and bio-refineries, to help meet the energy requirements of the nation and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.


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  • 13 May 2012 4:23 PM | Urs Eggimann (Administrator)
    "We're going to need other alternatives to corn if we want to be able to produce a lot of our energy, and these have to be non-food crops."

    "Switchgrass-based biofuel produces four times as much energy as it takes to turn it into a biofuel".

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  • 13 May 2012 4:16 PM | Urs Eggimann (Administrator)
    "While switchgrass production for biofuels holds a certain promise, economically, there’s a chicken-and-egg thing going on at the moment:  with no steady supply of switchgrass, possible biofuel producers won’t build production facilities; but with no production facilities, farmers can’t risk converting valuable crop or pastureland over to switchgrass production when there’s no stable market for the crop."


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