An ambitious, University based, USDA sponsored research project investigating
the sustainable production and distribution of bioenergy and
bioproducts for the central U.S.

Feb 14

Welcome to BLADESyour source for the latest information on grass-based bioenergy research, policy and industry breakthroughs, innovative educational programs and upcoming events. This bimonthly newsletter is produced by CenUSA Bioenergy, a USDA-supported research project focused on designing a sustainable, perennial grass-based bioenergy system for the Midwest. Led by Iowa State University, the project is a partnership of scientists and extension specialists from Purdue University, the University of Illinois, University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska, University of Wisconsin, University of Vermont and the USDA Agricultural Research Service. We're committed to changing the way you see perennial grasses. Let us know what you think!

Liberty switchgrass:
Plant breeding superstar

New Liberty switchgrass produces nearly two times more biomass than similar grasses- could Liberty be CenUSA's blade of glory?

Liberty switchgrass
Ken Vogel retires
Energy for the Heartland
Seeds for the Future

pioneerGrass breeding pioneer retires

Ken Vogel, plant geneticist and breeder and the world's leading expert in switchgrass, has retired. Read more about his amazing career and contributions.

heartlandEnergy for the Heartland

Read about how this $25 million research project is using native grasses to address questions about how farmer-produced grass energy can help meet U.S. energy needs.


Check in with Dave Stock, of Stock Seed Farms, who has helped usher switchgrass into the modern era and popularized bioenergy and native grass seeds.
The Next Generation of Bioenergy
Webinar Feb 19 10am Central

upcomingeventsUpcoming Events
CenUSA has opportunities for undergraduates to get hands-on experience with our internship program! On-line applications due March 9th.

Check out CenUSA's new series of webinars to stay in the loop on all things sustainable.On February 19th join Dr. Richard Perrin, one of the country's leading economists on perennial bioenergy crops.