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Sun Grant Initiative and the Regional Feedstock Partnerships

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

How can crop and forestry residues, or purposely grown energy crops, produced on marginal lands produce ecological benefits? 

We can boost sustainable energy by using switch grass, energy cane, and crops other than corn to produce plant-based ethanol. Come learn more from the director of the North Central Sun Grant Center and the executive director of the Sun Grant Association about how these developments could impact the future of sustainability. 

Terry Nipp serves as the Executive Director of the Sun Grant Association, which provides leadership and management for the Sun Grant Initiative (SGI) – a collaborative effort of the nation’s agricultural colleges at land grant universities supporting bioenergy research and education. SGI research addresses the full bioenergy production chain, from feedstock development and production, through harvest and logistics, to conversion and product development. With support from DOE, DOT and USDA the SGI has implemented and managed more than $100 million in bioenergy research and development with over 200 projects on the ground engaging scientists in more than 90% of the states. He's also the Vice-President for Research at AEGIS, Ltd., which is a “spin-off” from the SGI created to further develop and commercialize research findings from the SGI, and he also works with the land grant colleges in the U.S. territories, collaboratively developing long distance education courses on critical issues facing the islands.

Vance Owens received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees at Brigham Young University, Utah State University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, respectively. He is Director of the North Central Sun Grant Center and Professor of Plant Science at South Dakota State University. He has conducted research on production of bioenergy feedstock crops, specifically perennial species, for more than 20 years.

For event questions or accommodation requests, please contact Shelly Signs, (541) 737-0724 or shelly.signs@oregonstate.edu. 

OSU is celebrating its 150th anniversary with a year-long series of events, including four festivals. These festivals recognize that Oregon State is one of only two universities in the U.S. that have been honored with land, sea, space and sun grant designations. This event is part of the OSU150 Sun Grant Festival running April 9 - 20. Discover Oregon State's research into alternative energy that can reduce dependence on fossil fuels while also energizing rural economies. Learn more at OSU150.org.

LaSells Stewart Center (campus map)
875 SW 26th St.
Shelly Signs
shelly.signs at oregonstate.edu
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