Progress and Products from the Regional Feedstock Partnership Meeting

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July 14, 2016 1:00PM to 5:00PM EDT

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt Vernon Place NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

In 2007, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE's) Bioenergy Technologies Office and the Sun Grant Initiative established the Regional Feedstock Partnership (RFP). RFP team leaders will assemble to highlight the critical advances and valuable products resulting from this important partnership. This meeting will be open to the public and held directly after the Bioenergy 2016 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on July 14 from 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. 

The partnership was designed to address information gaps on productivity and yield potential of key energy crops and related sources of biomass. The RFP evolved into an expansive project with more than 100 field trials in 48 states incorporating advanced genetic material to ascertain current growth and yield characteristics, assess sustainability attributes, and define production economics. Engaging the nation’s leading researchers, the partnership has populated the Bioenergy Knowledge Discovery Framework with new data on energy crop yields, generated information to refine assumptions made in the 2016 Billion-Ton Report, and created new education and outreach tools for bioenergy stakeholders. 

Meeting Agenda




1:00 p.m. BETO’s Vision for the Regional Feedstock Partnership Alison Goss Eng, DOE-Bioenergy Technologies Office
1:05 p.m. Life in a Project with ~75 PIs Steve Thomas, DOE-Bioenergy Technologies Office
1:15 p.m. The Regional Feedstock Partnership: An Overview of the Program Vance Owens, SD State University
1:20 p.m. Management and Yield of CRP Mixed Grasses DoKyoung Lee, University of Illinois
1:40 p.m. Management and Yield of Switchgrass John Fike, Virginia Tech
2:00 p.m. Management and Yield of Miscanthus Tom Voigt, University of Illinois
2:20 p.m. Management and Yield of Energycane Brian Baldwin, Mississippi State University
2:40 p.m. Management and Yield of Sorghum Bill Rooney, Texas A&M University
3:00 p.m. BREAK
3:15 p.m. Advances in Willow as a Woody Energy Crop Tim Volk, State University of New York
3:35 p.m. Advances In Hybrid Poplar as a Woody Energy Crop Tim Rials, The University of Tennessee
3:55 p.m. Agricultural Residue as a Sustainable Biomass Source Doug Karlen, USDA-Agricultural Research Service
4:15 p.m. Biomass Productivity Modeling and National Yield Potential Chris Daly, Oregon State University
4:35 p.m. Exploring the Availability of Biomass: Bioenergy KDF Laurence Eaton, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
4:55 p.m. Biomass Feedstock Library Rachel Emerson, Idaho National Laboratory
5:10 p.m. Accessing Information and Products: New Tools From the Regional Feedstock Partnership Jessica McCord, The University of Tennessee