About the Wisconsin Grasslands Bioenergy Network

Why is the Wisconsin Grassland Bioenergy Network important?

The Wisconsin Grasslands Bioenergy Network (WGBN) is an information and connectivity resource designed for linking people to information, resources and other people involved in some way to grassland- and agriculture-based bioenergy? in Wisconsin. The WGBN is devoted to issues of biomass? supply and focuses on opportunities and challenges in the development of bioenergy while protecting environmental and ecological resources. The WGBN is a project of the Agricultural Ecosystems Research Group.

What does the Wisconsin Grasslands Bioenergy Network do?

The WGBN highlights the people, projects, programs, and policies aimed at solutions mutually beneficial to our energy, economic and environmental needs. Much of the WGBN is devoted to dedicated bioenergy crops?, particularly perennial herbaceous plants. However, non-forest woody biomass and plant materials harvested from conservation and non-agricultural lands are also included. The WGBN compliments the activities and efforts of others within the state and the Midwest whose mission is to inform and support decision-making.

Why is the Wisconsin Grasslands Bioenergy Network important?

Demand for bioenergy is increasing in Wisconsin due to concerns about climate change, energy self-sufficiency, energy security?, and environmental quality. Producing sufficient biomass supply and developing biomass markets is a high priority for the state, as illustrated by Governor Doyle’s Energy Independence Plan, and his “25 x 25” Executive Order. The people of Wisconsin are also eager to improve and maintain high quality agricultural lands, forests, and natural ecosystems for the benefit of everyone. The state’s grasslands? and agricultural lands are critical to achieving these goals.

What is the goal of the Wisconsin Grasslands Bioenergy Network?

Although many important biomass research, policy and commercialization activities are occurring within the state and at the national level, many potential connections and linkages among producers, aggregators, researchers, policy-makers and the general public remain untapped. These untapped connections and linkages likely result in under-utilized and potentially foregone opportunities for adequately meeting the energy, agricultural and environmental challenges of the present and future. The goal of the WGBN is to support the many diverse opportunities for improving farm profitability in Wisconsin while protecting and enhancing the state’s natural resources.

Who are the people behind the Wisconsin Grasslands Bioenergy Network?

The WGBN is a project of the Agricultural Ecosystems Research Group and has been funded by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (Grant #) and the Wisconsin Focus on Energy program. The Agricultural Ecosystems Research Group is a Wisconsin-based consortium of researchers, education and outreach specialists, land and natural resource managers, and farmers interested in whole-systems approaches to pressing conservation and resource management challenges.

If you would like more information on the Wisconsin Grasslands Bioenergy Network, the Agricultural Ecosystems Research Group, or if you would like to submit content or links, please contact Carol Williams clwilliams4@wisc.edu, 608-890-3858.

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Contact Us:


Carol Williams clwilliams4@wisc.edu
(608) 890-3858 (office)
(515) 520-7494 (mobile)
Department of Agronomy
1575 Linden Dr.
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706

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Use of contour buffer strips in commodity crop systems in southwestern Wisconsin helps reduce soil loss and traps nutrients on slopes. Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation.