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.
Attend the live webinars at https://meeting.psu.edu/bioenergy - sign in as a guest.
Sarah Wurzbacher, Michael Jacobson