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Biomass feedstock tour to be held in Wadena, Staples

A biomass feedstock tour will be held in the Wadena and Staples area on July 10.

This educational event is designed for landowners, natural resource professionals, and the general public who wish to learn more about the cultural practices and challenges of growing bio-energy crops. Tour stops include recently planted native and hybrid willows, hybrid poplar, and alders for bio-energy, and the NexGen project on assessing the bio-energy potential of switchgrass, prairie cordgrass, miscanthus and false indigo. Participants will also visit a previously harvested poplar site and learn from the landowner after harvest strategies for greater production.

Woody and agricultural (grassland) biomass has been used for thousands of years for cooking and heating, and it has received considerable attention in the recent past as a "fuel of the future." Development and commercialization of such bio-based and bio-energy products provide new and expanded markets, and help reduce our dependence on non-renewable sources. The expected increase of biomass energy, particularly from woody and agricultural biomass, could play a significant role in diversifying the forestry and agricultural sectors and revitalizing rural communities.

Participants are requested to be at the parking area of the Wadena Soil and Water Conservation District, 4 Alfred St. NE, Wadena, by 9 a.m. The bus will leave promptly at 9:15 a.m.

There is a cost to attend this tour, which will cover lunch and bus rental. Pre-registration is required for food and bus counts. To register, call Sue Crotty at (888) 241-0720 ext. 2275, or For more information about the tour, call Diomy Zamora at (888) 241-0720 ext. 2332, or

This workshop is a Woodland Advisor elective class and is approved for continuing education hours for Stewardship Plan Preparers and Master Gardeners. The public is invited to attend.