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How to fix agriculture’s generation gap

According to a 2017 report from the United State Department of Agriculture, nearly two-thirds of American farmers are over the age of 55, with more than 10% of them 75 or older. Those aren’t great demographics for an industry that plays a critical role in feeding the global population and in sustaining our natural [...]


Earthable®: Sustainable fiber products supporting local farmers

As consumer demand for sustainable products skyrockets, many companies that have relied on single-use plastic or polystyrene packaging for decades are exploring new agriculture-based alternatives. The advantages are clear: agriculture fiber sourced from crops like switchgrass is strong, renewable and sustainable, and it won’t create pollution in our oceans and fill our landfills. Most [...]

2021-04-29T13:04:32+00:00Earthable Fiber|

Marking a milestone and moving ahead

2021 has already been an eventful year for Genera. The company’s agriculture fiber manufacturing facility in Vonore, Tennessee — the largest fully integrated ag-fiber facility in the United States — is operational. With the plant online, we’ve launched production and sales of our Earthable® brand of compostable molded fiber foodservice products and ag-based market [...]

2021-03-29T17:36:54+00:00Earthable Fiber|

Invest in Your Future with Switchgrass

It is an exciting time for Genera as we launch the largest fully integrated (field to finished goods) ag fiber facility in the country, and we need East Tennessee farmers like you to make it a success. We are seeking additional producers to establish more acres of switchgrass, the primary feedstock for our ag fiber [...]