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WSU Switchgrass Biofuel Workshop Slated for Dec. 8

PROSSER Wash.- Switchgrass, one of the newest options for biofuels production, will be the focus of a daylong workshop on Dec. 8 at Washington State University’s Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center at Prosser.  The event starts at 9 a.m. with registration at 8, and it lasts until 3 p.m.; lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is required for this workshop, and can be accessed at http://www.css.wsu.edu/registration/switchgrass_2010.html.

Researchers Steve Fransen and Hal Collins will demonstrate the grass’s potential as an alternate energy source at the workshop. They have found switchgrass relatively efficient to grow and also have looked at its energy conversion characteristics, adaptability, and high crop yields.

Since 2002, scientists at IAREC have conducted numerous studies on 25 acres of planted switchgrass being grown in four locations in the Columbia Basin and Yakima Valley.

The workshop will provide information to potential growers, agricultural advisers and anyone interested in cellulosic biofuel.

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This release was written by Victoria Marsh, a student intern in WSU CAHNRS Marketing, News, and Educational Communications.

Media Contacts

Steve Fransen, associate crop scientist, 509-786-9266
Hal Collins, soil scientist, 509-786-9250