John and Catherine Smith of Spring Mills, Pennsylvania, are proud to be hosting a landowner workshop entitled Conservation Programs and Wildlife Habitat Improvement Practices. The workshop will be held at ChicoryLane Farm, 246 Brush Mountain Road, Spring Mills, Pennsylvania from 9:30 AM-3:30 PM on Saturday, August 18, 2012.
The event is appropriate for anyone interested in conservation and wildlife habitat improvement practices. It is designed especially for landowners interested in starting a conservation program or who have a "problem spot" on their land they wish to address.
There are two ways to register for this workshop. You may register online with any major credit card (MasterCard, Visa, Discover, or American Express). Or call, toll-free: 877-489-1398, and your registration will be taken over the phone. The fee for attending the workshop is $15 per person (Includes lunch and educational materials). Pre-registration is required by Monday, August 13, 2012. Attendance is limited to 50 participants so please plan to register early.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Monday, July 9, 2012
Our neighbors to the north have been experimenting with willow hybrids for quite some time now. Shrub willow is a short rotation woody crop and can produce large amounts of woody biomass through coppicing harvests that allow for repeated cuttings of wood from each shrub. The technology reflects 25 years of research and development spearheaded by the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry's willow biomass program.
See the Woody Biomass Program at SUNY-ESF.
The USDA Farm Service Agency has announced that it will continue to support NY farmers growing shrub willow as an energy crop through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP). Up to 3,500 total acres are approved for the shrub willow plantings in central and northern New York State. These producers are eligible to receive establishment and annual payments to grow shrub willow for biomass conversion to bioenergy.
To read the full story go to: NY farmers encouraged to grow willow for fuel.
Bloomberg Businessweek, July 5, 2012.
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Click here to read the relevant passages.
Monday, July 2, 2012
A Carbon Life Cycle Analysis of Wood: The Republican Journal, April 2012.
Click here to go directly to the complete study published by the Alliance for Green Heat.