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8-17 FB New Energy Farms
by David Sparks, Ph.D., click here for bio
Program: Idaho Agribusiness Today
Date: August 17, 12
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New Energy Farms (NEF) is a company which supplies products and services to customers developing or operating biomass conversion facilities. These customers are typically utility or development companies who generate renewable electricity, heat, road fuels or industrial materials, using plant biomass as raw material. The crops supplied by NEF are energy crops; these have been specifically developed to produce fuel and industrial products not food. They are high yielding perennials, that include grasses such as miscanthus… growing for over 10 years without replanting, that produce large volumes of clean biomass feedstock with a low energy and environmental footprint. The production of this feedstock can occur on lower quality or surplus land and consequently does not impact on food production. Dean Tiessen from New Energy Farms: “We work with various species of crops from miscanthus, energy cane, switch grass, many of those dedicated perennial grass species.” Remember: a key here is that these crops can be raised on very poor soil and the folks at New Energy Farms can put you in the business of raising them.
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