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Marginal Lands and Bioenergy

Speakers from Cornell University's College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Brian Richards, Soil & Water Group, Biological & Environmental Engineering; Peter Woodbury, Soil & Crop Sciences Section, School of Integrative Plant Sciences; Julie Hansen, Plant Breeding & Genetics Section, School of Integrative Plant Sciences

In the Northeast, "marginal lands" are sustainable bioenergy's 'middle name', but, as Peterson and Galbraith lamented in 1932 and many others have since, the term marginal is often used subjectively and can be hard to pin down. Efforts to define marginal lands from a solely physical basis are not sufficient, for there is a fluid agroeconomic context that governs whether lands are economically marginal or not. Starting from two of our recent papers, we will discuss marginal lands and bioenergy in the Northeast from several perspectives, including our ongoing research on wetness-prone marginal lands.

The NEWBio Webinar Series  is hosted by Mike Jacobson and Sarah Wurzbacher, Penn State University and eXtension Farm Energy and held on the second Tuesday of each month at 1PM Eastern time, 12 CT, 11 MT, 10 PT. These online, hour-long presentations are free to the public, and feature important topics related to bioenergy in the northeast.

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