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  • 23 Oct 2020 12:48 PM | Patricia Ellingwood (Administrator)

    Thank you to the Association of Warm Season Grass Producers for bringing this article to our attention

    Use of switchgrass growing in popularity for ag conservation

    Will switchgrass, a tall, resilient and fast-growing native plant once familiar to pioneers, become the next cash crop for farmers in states in the Chesapeake Bay drainage?

    Click here to read the full article

    Bay JournalAd CrableOct 19, 2020 Updated

  • 28 Apr 2020 12:37 PM | Patricia Ellingwood (Administrator)

    News Release
    For Immediate Release

    The Cellulosic Sugar Producers Co-operative plans to cease operations

    April 27, 2020

    SARNIA, Ontario – The Cellulosic Sugar Producers Co-operative (CSPC) was an Ontario farmer-owned co-operative that strived to develop new markets and business opportunities for agricultural crop residues. CSPC was successful in developing a business model for the aggregation, transportation and storage of corn stover and wheat straw and was validated with field demonstrations. An Offering Statement was prepared and 118 growers signed committing more than 30,000 acres of biomass. This work was accomplished with financial support from government through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

    The CSPC Board of Directors has decided to cease operations in order to mitigate ongoing expenses and costs. The co-operative has purchased back all investments made by farmers including the membership shares. 

    “It was always an important objective for the Board to protect the farmer investment in this co-operative and we are proud of the fact that we accomplished so much and were still able to return 100% of the farmer investment,” stated Dave Park, former President of CSPC.

    CSPC has been recognized by numerous farm leadership groups for creating a potential opportunity for their prospective members. CSPC would like to acknowledge the tremendous support it has received from Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) and AGRIS Co-operative.

    CSPC also wishes to acknowledge all the local suppliers, volunteers and machinery experts for their support and time to prepare and successfully execute CSPC’s field demonstrations.

    CSPC strongly values southwestern Ontario’s community support throughout the duration of this project and the knowledge from this is being retained by BIC for future reference and support of future opportunities.

    As the future unfolds there will be several opportunities for agriculture biomass from cereals, corn, hemp and other crops to play a role in building the bioeconomy and circular economy.

    For more information please contact:

    Jim Campbell
    General Manager,
    AGRIS Co-operative
    Email: jimc@agris.coop

  • 21 Feb 2020 4:17 PM | Patricia Ellingwood (Administrator)

    Miscanthus offers new opportunities

    The crop has potential for power generation, livestock bedding and sediment retention.

    Liz (Juchems) Ripley | Feb 21, 2020

    As published on https://www.farmprogress.com/ on February 21, 2020

  • 14 Jan 2020 4:15 PM | Patricia Ellingwood (Administrator)

    Straw moves up in the world                       

    The golden stems of cereals have increased so much in value, they are nearing the price of hay

     - Article by John Greig as published by: Farmtario on November 6, 2019

  • 21 Nov 2019 3:31 PM | Patricia Ellingwood (Administrator)

    Changes to Biogas Rules for Farms to Increase Economic Opportunity in Ontario's Renewable Natural Gas Sector - OMAFRA Newsroom 

    Click here to read more

  • 05 Nov 2019 10:23 AM | Patricia Ellingwood (Administrator)

    Supporting the Diverse and Expanding World of Bioenergy

    How standards can help advance bioenergy initiatives and the clean-tech economy

    CSA GroupTM

    The 2016 signing of the Paris Agreement by 195 countries demonstrates that climate change is a global challenge that requires a great deal of leadership and innovation to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while protecting global economies. Canada signed the Agreement and, as a result, adopted the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. The latest report published by ECCC indicates that Canada’s climate has warmed on average at double the global warming rate and is expected to continue in the future. Among the sources of renewable energy and clean technologies being considered to meet GHG reduction goals is bioenergy. However, the industry is challenged with assessing a variety of sources, processing industries, and final uses under a holistic approach. Standards can address that challenge to help support the development of global markets – all with safety in mind.

  • 05 Nov 2019 10:21 AM | Patricia Ellingwood (Administrator)

    A new publication is available from IEA Bioenergy: Lessons Learned About Thermal Biomass Gasification (October 2019)

  • 20 Sep 2019 8:53 AM | Patricia Ellingwood (Administrator)

    Farmtario Atricle                                                                                         

    Published: September 19, 2019                                                                

    Livestock, News

    Switchgrass has potential as both dairy cow bedding and feed – especially for dry cows.

    One of its benefits is that it is low in potassium relative to the more commonly used wheat straw.


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