Start Date: Apr 08, 2011
End Date: Jan 31, 2016
This non-funded cooperative agreement formalizes on-going collaboration between the USDA-ARS National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment (NLAE), USDA-ARS Grassland Soil and Water Research Laboratory and other ARS research laboratories linked through the USDA-ARS Renewable Energy Assessment Project (REAP) team, the USDA Biomass Research Centers, and the Bioenergy Technology Division of the Idaho National Laboratory. Initial efforts will focus on producing a white paper outlining strategies and technologies needed to balance economic drivers and sustainability factors through the implementation of a landscape vision for sustainable feedstock production. The Corn Stover Tool developed in conjunction with the Sun Grant Corn Stover Regional Partnership team will be diversified to accommodate bioenergy feedstock materials other than corn stover. As resources become available, various strategies and technologies implementing sustainable bioenergy feedstock production will be tested at various locations throughout the U.S. The implementation studies will encompass not only production questions, but also soil, water, and air quality monitoring, evaluations of the Uniform Format Design and Deployable Process Demonstration Unit and other factors required for sustainable feedstock production, harvest, storage, and transport.