When we tell people that our Earthable® sustainable packaging is made from feedstock crops like switchgrass and biomass sorghum, unless they have an ag background, many of them don’t know what we’re talking about. The truth is that these crops are a great solution for making single-use disposable products like packaging and food service items. [...]
Family farms used to be commonplace here in East Tennessee, but over the years, that mainstay of rural life has grown scarce. The agriculture industry is changing, and the family farms that are still thriving had to change with it. For many of them, that meant diversification. In the past, East Tennessee farmers could produce [...]
We’re sure you’ve heard it. Come November, your non-farmer friends might look at you and say, “It’s your slow season, right? Bet you’re getting some rest and relaxation!” But we know there’s no such thing as a slow season for a farmer. Every season — spring, summer, fall and even winter — has its own [...]
How to Support Rising Generations Too many people today think of farming as something their grandparents did but no way to make a living in the modern world. In the U.S., more farmers are retiring than entering the occupation. Farmers over age 65 outnumber the under-35 set by more than six to one, according to [...]
Genera is Recruiting East Tennessee Farmers to Grow Feedstock The farming industry has changed, and it just keeps right on changing. Anyone who grew up in East Tennessee will tell you back in the day you’d see huge fields of tobacco and corn or large herds of beef cattle on local farms. One or two [...]
Genera Energy's Sam Jackson discusses the significance of a recent poplar tree harvest at the University of Tennessee AgResearch Center. The harvest is part of a five-year $15 million multi-disciplinary research and development effort funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
As renewable energy and renewable product demands grow, creative locations for biomass conversion facilities are evolving to allow for unique comparative advantage opportunities such as co-location synergies with pre-existing facilities and access into particular demand markets or by-product offtake markets. Moreover, dedicated energy crops can be very geographically concentrated and sometimes these unique facility opportunities [...]
The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones) for aerial surveillance and reconnaissance in military applications is well known. What is