K-State Research and Extension

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Creating jobs and new sources of income in rural areas
Reducing  energy dependence on fossil fuel
Ecological Restoration of range and pastures
Forest Management
Creating markets for low value, conventionally non-commercial, trees and tree species (Eastern red cedar)
Creating more productive, healthier forests and revitalized rural communities





Approach and Effort

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ØAre you planning on upgrading or replacing your existing system?
ØWould you consider using wood as an alternative fuel?
ØThe Kansas Forest Service, Kansas State University may be of any assistance? The Wood Energy Assessment Document can assist you in getting started.

 Kansas Forest Service Wood Energy Assessment

 Financial Resource for Developing Wood Fuels


 For More Information on the Kansas Wood Fuels Initiative contact: Sabina Dhungana

New Curriculum Resource for Extension Educators

A series of curriculum tools and resources have been created for Extension Educators to help them better support communities and clients interested in expanding the development of renewable energy. Developed by Extension Educators across the North Central United States, the curriculum can be accessed and utilized by Extension Educators who are working with community coalitions or groups interested in energy development. 

Our introductory series contains four modules that present core topics and key concepts surrounding bioenergy generation and environmental sustainability. Further exploration is given to bioenergy crop production and harvesting, water resource issues and opportunities, and community economic development.

BIOEN1: Introduction to Bioenergy

  • Unit 1 – Background
  • Unit 2 – Bioenergy Products, Feedstocks, Co-Products & By-Products
  • Unit 3 – Economic, Social & Environmental Impacts of Bioenergy
  • Unit 4 – Challenges & Barriers to Bioenergy Development
  • Unit 5 – Important Sources of Information

BIOEN2: Bioenergy Crop Production & Harvesting

  • Unit 1 – Analyzing the Economics of Bioenergy Crop Production
  • Unit 2 – Bioenergy Crop Production: A crop by crop analysis
  • Unit 3 – Best Management Practices on Agricultural Land for Soil & Water Conservation

BIOEN3: Water Resources: Issues & Opportunities

  • Unit 1 – Introduction
  • Unit 2 – Watershed Level Impacts: Managing conversion to bioenergy crops
  • Unit 3 – Bioenergy Crop Impacts on Water Quality & Quantity
  • Unit 4 – Policy Options & Implications

BIOEN4: Community Economic Development

  • Unit 1 – Community Preparedness: Understanding the issues & opportunities associated with bioenergy development
  • Unit 2 – Case Study Analysis
  • Unit 3 – The Educator’s Role as Facilitator: Asking the right questions
  • Unit 4 – Community Economic Development Issues

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