• 05 Mar 2019 2:56 PM | Patricia Ellingwood (Administrator)

    Over five million acres of marginal agricultural land in the Northeast USA are no longer in use and have great opportunities for grass biomass production, although environmental or other supplemental compensation may be required for profitable production on low-yielding marginal land. Warm season grasses are considered a viable herbaceous second generation biofuel feedstock but are better suited to marginally productive cropland Future selection through breeding should have a significant focus on low-input types of environments. Read more...

  • 05 Mar 2019 2:52 PM | Patricia Ellingwood (Administrator)

    Feb. 12, 2019 - The federal government is investing up to $7 million in a biomass research cluster led by the BioFuelNet Canada Network. Funding for the research cluster will include an additional $3.1 million in contributions from industry, for a total investment of $10.1 million Read article in Canadian Biomass Magazine

  • 09 May 2018 11:30 AM | Patricia Ellingwood (Administrator)

    Switchgrass Head Smut project approved. Dr. Katerina Jordan, U of Guelphis the Principal Investigator for this project.

    Assessment and Integrated Management of Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) headsmut in Ontario" has been approved for support through the OMAFRA - U of G Research Program. 2018-2021.

  • 28 Apr 2018 2:17 PM | Patricia Ellingwood (Administrator)

    Read ON Farmer Article on Switchgrass Supply Falling Short of Growing Demand

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  • 23 Jan 2018 11:08 AM | Urs Eggimann (Administrator)
    We just released our latest video "Switchgrass a Promising New Bedding for Dairy Cows".

    The video demonstrates benefits of chopped switchgrass straw for the dairy farming sector. 


  • 31 Oct 2017 2:08 PM | Patricia Ellingwood (Administrator)

    Volunteers and students fine tune their natural construction knowledge while helping general contractor and designer Henry Wiersma build a passive house. 

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  • 31 Oct 2017 1:51 PM | Patricia Ellingwood (Administrator)

    A research project financed in part by Dairy Farmers of Canada and its partners under the Organic Science Cluster investigated sustainable alternative sources of bedding for dairy cows. The research team led by Dr. Renée Bergeron (University of Guelph), and collaborators the University of Guelph (Dr. Trevor De Vries), Université Laval (Dr. Doris Pellerin, Dr. Anne Vanasse, Anick Raby) and McGill University (Dr. Elsa Vasseur, Dr. Philippe Séguin, Tania Wolfe) found that switchgrass is a promising alternative to wheat straw as bedding material for dairy cows. They discovered that cows preferred switchgrass over the straw and there were no negative effects on cow comfort, cleanliness and teat end contamination. Switchgrass may also be a more economically advantageous choice for some dairy farmers.

    Click here to read the article.

  • 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.  


  • 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

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