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USDA to Co-Host Pacific Northwest Wood-to-Biofuel Conference

Posted by Eini Lowell, Research Forest Product Technologist, U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station in Energy Rural Technology
Feb 21, 2017

In conjunction with Washington State University Extension, USDA is co-hosting the Northwest Wood-Based Biofuels/Co-Products Conference in late April. The conference will be April 28-30, 2014 in Seattle, Wash.

The goal of the conference is to bring together the community of researchers, business leaders, government agencies, and economic development personnel to share and exchange research findings, ideas, and strategies for the common goal of sustainable development of wood-based bio-refineries for production of biofuels and co-products in the Pacific Northwest.

As Secretary Vilsack has noted, advanced biofuels are a key component of President Obama's 'all-of-the-above' energy strategy to reduce the nation's reliance on foreign oil and take control of America's energy future.  Energy derived from woody biomass has enormous potential benefits for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, developing clean, home-grown energy, and providing economic opportunities for rural America. Markets for woody biomass can also bolster forest restoration activities on both public and private lands, improving the ecological health of our forests and reducing the impacts of global climate change.

For more information, contact Vikram Yadama at 509-335-6261 or email:

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Richard Goff
Mar 31, 2014

Yes It is interesting though I am living in Oceanside, ca.
bUT IF YOU ALL NEED SOME HELP. Let me know. Richard

Royal Rife
Apr 01, 2014

Madness! Right up there with corn ethanol.....

Bob Cecil
Apr 02, 2014

we had this wood based fuel during the war but the war now is waged by big oil.

Apr 14, 2014

Not really madness, but a far better approach than converting corn to ethanol. All types of biomass can be converted to fuel and where's there are large stands of scrub, food processing wastes, burned or damaged timber, etc. a local biomass refinery offers multiple low-cost fuel alternatives. Fuel availability and economies of scale factors can be significant in remote, thinly populated, low-income parts of the country.