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Biomass Crop Assistance Program Webinar: Video, Audio, Presentations

July 14, 2009

Webinar ParticipantsThanks to the more than 200 individuals who took part in the Biomass Crop Assistance Webinar on Thursday June 25th, 2009. We had participants from all over the country, with a strong showing in the Midwest.

The webinar is now available online for those who would like to follow up or watch and listen for the first time. The presentations are also available for download. Please scroll down to learn more.

Thanks also to Lisa Gibson for her fantastic June 29, 2009 article recapping the event, “BCAP Webinar informs, addresses concerns“.  

This 90-minute webinar was an introduction to the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), created as a key provision in the 2008 Farm Bill. BCAP looks to promote the cultivation of perennial bioenergy crops that show exceptional promise for producing highly energy-efficient bioenergy crops that preserve natural resources and that are not primarily grown for food or animal feed. BCAP will provide financial assistance to any biomass conversion facility or group of producers that contribute to the production of renewable biomass to use as an energy source. BCAP aims to relieve the dependency on commodity crops as an energy source and shift to less strained biomass materials.

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Webinar Presentations:


  • 1:30-1:40 – Introduction & Overview: Ryan Stockwell, Energy & Agriculture Director, The Minnesota Project
  • 1:45-2:00 – Implications for Biomass Crop Growers & Users: Joel Tallaksen, Gasification Project Coordinator, of Minnesota’s West Central Research and Outreach Center
  • 2:00-2:20 –Policy Opportunities and Challenges for State Agencies: Gary Radloff, Director of Policy and Strategic Communications, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection
  • 2:20-2:35 –Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) Details: Kelly S. Novak, Planning and Analysis, USDA Farm Service Agency
  • 2:35-3:05 – Question & Response Time


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