Northern New York has become an important incubator for the development of bioenergy crops to support interest in renewable energy sources. Northern New York Agricultural Development Program small grants projects have pioneered grass-for-energy trials and on-farm entrepreneurship associated with developing local/regional bio-energy crops and enterprises.
For example, farmer Tom Lee of Madrid, NY, has built his own pelletizer and developed a partnership with local businessman Jim Thew to supply bioenergy briquettes to heat an apartment complex in Waddington, NY. See a link to their story below.
Evaluating Grasses: Bioenergy Trials at Belleville-Henderson School, 2007
Evaluation of Warm Season Grasses for Biofuel Production in NNY, NNYADP, 2007
North Country Farmers Switching to Grass as Energy, Livestock Feed Crop, 2007
Demonstrating Yield of Shrub Willow Bioenergy Crops at Willsboro Research Farm Fact Sheet, NNYADP, 2013
Sustainable Establishment of Shrub Willow for Bioenergy in NNY, NNYADP, 2013
2013 Willow Yield Trial Schematic/24 genotypes, NNYADP, 2013
Additional Bio-Energy Resources
Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations of NNY
Cornell University Bioenergy Feedstock Project
Willowpedia: Willow Energy Crop Info Resource at Cornell University