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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
Mar 31, 2014

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:

Category/Topic: Energy Rural Technology