“Alternative energy and water resource management are two global issues of critical importance,” says Kris Boone, director of Ohio State ATI. “We’re proud to offer this first-of-its-kind program to our students.”
Starting fall semester, students at Ohio State ATI, CFAES’s two-year degree-granting unit in Wooster, will be able to study a new program focused on two key global issues: bioenergy and biological waste management.
Worth noting: National Geographic recently ranked water and wastewater treatment operator as the second-fastest-growing job in sustainability-related fields.
CFAES’s research arm, OARDC in Wooster, is hosting the Midwest Bioeconomy Regional Stakeholder Forum tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s the fifth and final such forum in a national series. Media members are welcome to attend. Learn more.
Learn about giant miscanthus, a tall grass grown as a bioproduct crop, through a March 11 workshop and bus tour in Ashtabula County, hosted by CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension. Farmers in the county, which is in far northeast Ohio, now grow about 4,000 acres of the stuff. A company called Aloterra Energy, meanwhile, runs a production facility in the county that turns the harvest into such things as biodegradable food containers. The bus tour will include stops at farmers’ fields (possibly to see harvest if the weather is right; harvest is done in winter) and the Aloterra plant. Learn more here and here. Download the flier, which includes the registration form, here. (Photo: Miscanthus by photoncatcher from iStock.)
CFAES scientist Ajay Shah answered the question, “What is the additional cost of road maintenance due to cellulosic feedstock delivery to a biorefinery?” recently in Ohio’s Country Journal. Biorefineries produce biofuels from cellulosic feedstocks like corn stover, shown here. (Photo by Wally Wilhelm, USDA-ARS).
A solar installer whose headquarters has its own sun-powered system and the largest solar farm in Ohio, which covers an area equal to some 80 football fields, are two of the highlights of the 2015 Renewable Energy Workshop. The event, which CFAES is sponsoring, is Nov. 4 in Carey in northwest Ohio. Read more here. Download the flier and registration form here. (Photo: PSEG solar farm in Wyandot County by Ken Chamberlain, CFAES Marketing and Communications.)
A multistate research team aimed at developing America’s biobased industry — biobased products, bioenergy and the like — will meet in northeast Ohio next month. Its purpose: to see what might be blocking the road and ways to move ahead. CFAES is the host. Continue reading
Joshua Kendall, a PhD soil science candidate in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, presents “Soil Carbon Dynamics of Transition to Pacific Northwest Cellulosic Ethanol Feedstock Production” at 2:30 p.m. today in 245 Kottman Hall, 2021 Coffey Road, on Ohio State’s Columbus campus, with a video link to 117A Williams Hall, 1680 Madison Ave., at CFAES’s research arm in Wooster, OARDC. His work relates to commercially producing ethanol from agricultural biomass. It looked at corn, wheat and switchgrass (pictured), two harvest levels, and their effects on the soil’s organic carbon. (Photo: Peggy Greb, USDA-ARS.)
Farm and Dairy’s Chris Kick wrote a fantastic story on Dec. 24 on ATI’s new and growing degree program in renewable energy. “Everything we do here,” ATI’s Russ Yoder said in the story, “revolves around the creation of job opportunity.” ATI student Cory Brewer, who is majoring in the program and now also has a job locally in the field, is featured as one example. ATI is CFAES’s two-year degree-granting unit in Wooster. Yoder is a visiting assistant professor with the program.