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AGPR 121
Biomass Feedstock Management

Credits: 3
Clock Hours per Quarter: 40

AA Discipline:

Lecture Hours:20    Lab Hours:20

Learn about growing, harvesting, storage, processing, and utilization of biomass such as: manure, forest slash, food waste, agriculture residues, wood processing residues, and dedicated energy crops (e.g. oilseeds, grasses, hybrid poplar, etc.) into electricity, heat, transportation fuels, recovered nutrients/soil amendments, reclaimed water, animal feed, bio-chemicals, and other byproducts. Review technologies available to convert biomass for fuels, electricity, heat, byproducts, reclaimed water, and carbon sequestration in PNW. Includes study of biomass focused economics, rural sociology, and the latest news/findings from research.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate knowledge concerning the challenges and advantages of types of farming practices used for annual, perennial, and woody feedstocks. Discuss how agriculture and agroforestry compare and how communities view the value of feedstocks. Discuss how scale affects feasibility of different production systems.
  • Identify Bioenergy crops and understand their differences, uses, advantages, disadvantages, processing needs, and best conversion processes for each.
  • Demonstrate knowledge on the water demands of each crop, when the demands are highest, and how water can be applied. Understand each feedstock's different rotations and management needs, land use commitments, yield, value, life cycle analysis, and nutrient/chemical needs and resulting environmental impact.
  • Define the challenges of producing, managing, and transporting various Bioenergy crops. Apply knowledge pertaining to the handling of the crop prior to processing, including considerations of locating fields near transportation centers and biorefineries.

  • Course Topics
  • Dryland vs. irrigated oonsiderations.
  • Bioenergy crop identification.
  • Rotation dynamics.
  • Uses of feedstocks and byproducts.
  • Economic and sustainability considerations.
  • Water use requirements and nutrient needs.
  • Climate and related regulations and incentives.
  • Modeling and economics.
  • Rural sociology, contract writing.
  • Career planning.
  • Biodiesel.

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    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.