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Biomass on the Farm: Staying Safe and Healthy

Presenter: Douglas Schaufler, Penn State University Research Associate and specialist in agricultural safety and health, agricultural machinery, fluid power, alternative fuels, edible oils, and biodiesel.

Hosted by: Northeast woody/warm season Biomass Consortium (NEWBio)*

This presentation offers a sneak peek at some of what will be found in a new, major publication entitled Safety and Health Management Planning for Biomass Producers. Biomass operations involve a unique set of risks, but because some of these crops and management techniques may be relatively new to the farming landscape, few resources exist to help producers identify and mitigate these risks. In this webinar, you'll hear from one of the writers of the new report whose research was informed by site visits to active biomass operations as well as years of experience in the field. This is one presentation that no one involved in the biomass supply chain should miss!


Video:Biomass Harvesting in Winter Conditions
Video: Hazards of Biomass Production on Marginal Land

Schaufler, D., D. Murphy, and S. Harlow. Research Summary: Safety and Health Risks of Producing Biomass on the Farm. Published on eXtension.

Schaufler, D., A. Yoder, D. Murphy, C Schwab, A. DeHart. 2014. Safety and Health Hazards in On-Farm Biomass Production and Processing. Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health. DOI 10.13031/jash.20.10639

Yoder, A.M., C. V. Schwab, P. D. Gunderson, and D. J. Murphy. 2013. Safety and Health in Biomass Production, Transportation and Storage. Journal of Agromedicine. DOI: 10.1080/1059924X.2014.886539.


This Webinar Series is hosted by Sarah Wurzbacher, NEWBio, Penn State University and eXtension Farm Energy community. It is held (usually) on the second Tuesday of each month at 1PM Eastern time, 12 CT, 11 MT, 10 PT.
NEWBio is supported by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 2012-68005-19703 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

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