New Markets for Bioenergy Crops Short Course 2014

Workshop and Site Tour
18-19 November, 2014
Gateway Center
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Syracuse, NY, with site tour to Willow demonstration in Ava, NY

About the Event

Join us on November 18th & 19th for classroom and field training in sustainable production and multiple end-uses of shrub willow for heat, power, & environmental benefits!

The short course will include beginner to intermediate presentations on willow crop production, harvest, utilization for heat and power, alternat applications and environmental benefits with several related tours around the SUNY-ESF campus and an optional harvest demonstration the following day.

This one day workshop is jointly hosted by the SUNY ESF willow biomass program and the USDA-funded NEWBio bioenergy consortium, a regional collaborative research, extension, and education effort of SUNY ESF, Penn State, Cornell, Rutgers, West Virginia University, plus national laboratories and industry partners. To learn more about NEWBio, visit


Who Should Attend?

Current and future land owners, resource managers, project developers, entrepreneurs and persons interested in producing or utilizing willow should plann to attend. Service providers, regulatory agencies, and project managers in the ag, ecosystem services, and renewable energy sectors will also find the material especially suited for their needs.   



18 November:
8:00 Sign-in
8:30 Welcome and introductions
8:45 Vision for willow and biomass energy in the region
9:15 Cultivation and best practices for willow biomass crops
9:45 Willow breeding for improved yield and biomass composition
10:15 Break
10:30  Acquiring and handling willow planting stock
11:00 Economic tools and returns on investment for shrub willow
11:30  Incentive programs and processes for willow crops
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Commercial willow crops and alternative applications in New York State
13:30 Willow and forest residues for biopower
14:00 Environmental applications and benefits of shrub willow
14:30 Break
14:45 Tour of Moon Library willow demonstration planting
15:00 Willow biofuels and bioproducts with tour of ESF bioprocessing facility
15:30 Small scale biomass co-generation with tour of Gateway Energy System
16:00 Closing remarks and field tour information
16:15 End

19 November:
8:00 Bus departs from SUNY ESF (or drive yourself)
9:30 Meet at harvest demonstration site
10:00 Willow harvesting process and logistics
10:15 Commercial experiences in shrub willow crops
10:30 Commercial willow harvesting demonstration
11:30  Bus departs for SUNY ESF
13:00 End



Speakers for this short course include many local experts from the region's internationally recognized research and extension programs in biomass willow production and use. Speakers include:



The workshop will be held at the beautiful Gateway Center of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse NY. Adjacent to the Carrier Dome, the meeting center is heated and powered in part by a biomass Combined Heat and Power system For more information about the meeting venue, visit



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This short course supported in part by the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant No. 2012-68005-19703 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Penn State and SUNY ESF are Equal Opportunity Universities.

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