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UT Arboretum Society presents biofuel info program

The University of Tennessee Arboretum Society will present an opportunity to learn more about biofuel and the use of switchgrass as a fuel source this week as it brings UT assistant professor Sam Jackson to Roan State Community College.111809biofuel9.mc12369.JPG

Sam Jackson, vice president of feedstock operations at Genera Energy and research assistant professor at UT's Center for Renewable Carbon, will present a lecture on the development of switchgrass as a bioenergy feedstock 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, at Roan State Community College, Oak Ridge Campus.

For more information, call 865-483-3571 or visit the University of Tennessee Arboretum Society.
Photo: A tractor and square bailer move through a mowed field of switchgrass in Loudon County. Watching the demonstration are John Waters, left, UT Extension Agent, Sam Jackson, center, Vice President, feedstock operations Genera Energy Corp. and David Richesin, right, a farmer. By J. Miles Cary, News Sentinel

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Jackson works with a variety of feedstocks including perennial grasses, short-rotation woody crops, forest materials, and other agricultural crops and residues. A significant focus of his effort has been the $70 million University of Tennessee Biofuels Initiative, which seeks to integrate the switchgrass feedstock supply chain with bioenergy and bioproducts industries in the state. The program has led to the establishment of switchgrass on local farms to supply the demonstration-scale biorefinery in Vonore.                                                                                           
According to the UT Institute of Agriculture, Jackson has helped coordinate a regional grant program that has provided nearly $5 million for bioenergy research across the southeast. He currently leads a $2.3 million project focused on switchgrass production that was competitively funded by the Joint Biomass Research and Development Initiative of the US Departments of Energy and Agriculture. He is also part of another $4.9 million research project focused on high-tonnage logistics for switchgrass biomass.

The UT Arboretum is a project of the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center.

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