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NARA and the Department of Energy discuss bioenergy literacy in the classroom

Energy 101 Course Framework
Energy 101 Course Framework

NARA researcher Justin Hougham will present NARA’s education efforts at an upcoming webinar sponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE). The webinar titled “Energy in the Classroom” is the first of a series of dialogues that are part of the Energy 101 initiative. This dialogue will discuss ways to catalyze and increase opportunities for …more

USDA announces funding availability for turning biomass material into energy

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin accepting applications June 16 from energy facilities interested in receiving forest or agricultural residues to generate clean energy. The support comes through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), which was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

Information on funding availability can be found in the Federal Register notice at For more details on applications and deadlines on BCAP, visit a local FSA county office or go online to…more

Oregon State University updates on NARA research


NARA is an alliance of academic institutions, government labs and industry and is funded by USDA-NIFA. Oregon State University (OSU) is part of the alliance. When NARA started, OSU was projected to receive nearly $5 million for their research contributions. NARA researchers from OSU are primarily tasked with finding solutions to feedstock development and logistical challenges.

Scott Leavengood is the director of the Oregon Wood Innovation Center …more