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The Bioeconomy's Human Element

Weston Eaton, postdoctoral research associate at Penn State University, presents Socio-cultural factors shaping landowner support for and willingness to plant bioenergy crops.

Dr. Eaton's work examines renewable energy technology development from the perspective of people living in communities where new developments are proposed or underway.  

This webinar reports findings from a recent survey of 2,794 Northeast USA landowners and includes two areas of focus:
  1. Social factors that influence the availability of land for bioenergy crop production. This includes unique insight into landowner perspectives, such as how bioenergy crops 'fit' (or not) with land management goals and perceptions of bioenergy crops, their land, and community.
  2. Implications for the practice of public engagement with landowners will be discussed. Tune in to the presentation to join the conversation.

This webinar is hosted by Sarah Wurzbacher, NEWBio, Penn State University and eXtension Farm Energy community; featuring important topics related to bioenergy in the northeast. 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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