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  • 24 Jan 2016 10:22 AM | Urs Eggimann (Administrator)

    With Climate Change concerns heating up substantially, researchers point to concrete solutions in the Ag biomass sector. Corn based generation of ethanol has serious drawbacks and does not nearly contribute to the mitigation of climate change.  With second generation ethanol production, based on tall grasses, we can make a substantial contribution by reducing CO2 emissions. 

    The article in EcoWatch looks at the benefits of perennial tall grasses, like switchgrass and miscanthus.   

    Link to article:  Elephant Grass and Prairie Switchgrass: Second Generation Biofuels to Power American Cars

  • 19 Jan 2016 11:55 AM | Urs Eggimann (Administrator)

    Roger Samson, Executive Director of REAP-Canada, gave a switchgrass presentation to dairy farmers at the Grey-Bruce Farmers' Week conference. 

    Switchgrass has been identified in various research papers as a premium bedding product for livestock and poultry operations. 

    OBPC, OMAFRA, the University of Guelph and REAP-Canada have joined forces to collect and consolidate the latest information and bring it to the farming community. 

    Representatives of the four organizations will present the latest discoveries and experiences at various conferences and events, which are posted on UPCOMING EVENTS.

  • 25 Nov 2015 8:41 AM | Urs Eggimann (Administrator)

    The Agri-Based Industrial Bioproducts Research and Development Challenge will fund $3 million for about 10 bioproduct development projects. Ontario has identified the development of bioproducts as having potential significant economic, environmental and health benefits.

    Full article in Agri-View:   Ontario funds bioproduct development

  • 29 Sep 2015 8:21 AM | Urs Eggimann (Administrator)

    After a very long wait we could witness significant progress on various fronts with 2nd generation ethanol and limited production facilities are now emerging. 

    Link to article in Renewable Energy World

  • 28 Jun 2015 12:08 PM | Urs Eggimann (Administrator)

    Researcher Marlene Paibomesai talks about the use of biomass as an animal feed component. She is speaking at the 2015 Ag Biomass Day event held by the Ontario Biomass Producers Co-operative (OBPC).

    Ontario grown switchgrass tested as a component of animal feed

  • 26 May 2015 9:27 PM | Urs Eggimann (Administrator)

    Radio Canada article of switchgrass and animal bedding and interview in french with Rudy Zubler in Ridgetown.

    Link to Radio Canada article

  • 24 May 2015 5:36 PM | Urs Eggimann (Administrator)

    Link to article in ChathamDailyNews

  • 09 May 2015 3:20 PM | Urs Eggimann (Administrator)

    May 7, 2015 - Kimberly-Clark has announced it is launching a new slate of products that use renewable plant-based fiber, such as wheat straw in the making of Kleenex and Scott brand towel and tissue products. 

    The paper products will be made with 20 per cent plant fiber in place of tree fiber or recycled fiber. These products required the development of an entirely new supply chain to directly obtain wheat straw from U.S. farmers and the creation of a first-of-its-kind manufacturing process for converting plant fiber into pulp, the company says.
    "In a resource-constrained, digital world, with fewer sources of recycled fiber, and the need to put less pressure on natural forests, it's important to continue exploring non-tree fibers," says Iris Schumacher, North American sustainability leader, Kimberly-Clark Professional. "With the GreenHarvest line, Kimberly-Clark is pioneering a new approach to sustainable fiber sourcing and delivering innovative products with the quality and performance customers expect from our trusted brands."
    It was announced that by 2025, Kimberly-Clark hopes to source 50 per cent of the fiber in its products from alternative sources. GreenHarvest products being produced using bamboo are different than the GreenHarvest products using wheat straw. Users of commercial towels and tissues, such as schools, hotels and offices, will see the fiber source on the packaging.

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