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.
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
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.