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Biomass field day Oct. 29 near Starbuck

A field day on Oct. 29 will delve into the impacts and benefits of harvesting prairie plants for biomass.

The Prairie Biomass Harvest Field Day is 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at a local research plot being utilized by Dr. Clarence Lehman, University of Minnesota, and partners.

The field of renewable energy is important to the United States and Minnesota. Minnesota is capable of producing many different types of biomass for the renewable energy sector; one of which is the grasses and forbs that make up our prairies. But how does biomass harvest affect the health of the native plants and animals that call the prairie home? Dr. Clarence Lehman and partners are conducting research in different areas of Minnesota to try to answer that question.

The field day will include discussions on the research being done and the multiple benefits of using prairie plants for renewable fuels. There will also be a chance for attendees to voice any questions they may have. The event will end with a look at the research plots and harvesting equipment. This is an outdoors event. Please dress accordingly.

Partners for this event include: University of Minnesota, Rural Advantage, South Dakota State University, EcoSun Prairie Farms, Minnesota Native Landscapes, University of Minnesota Extension, The Nature Conservancy, Pheasants Forever, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture though a Conservation Innovation Grant.

Directions: The field day site is near Glacial Lake State Park. From Morris travel east on State Highway 28 for about 19 miles to the city of Starbuck. Travel south on State Highway 29 out of Starbuck for about 2 miles. At curve of State Highway 29, continue traveling south on County Road 41 to County Road 74. Travel east on County Road 74 about 2 miles. Turn south on County Road 13 about 1 mile. Site will be near the intersection of County Road 13 and 255th St.

Field days will be held rain or shine. However, difficult traveling will be call for cancellation. For weather related cancellations due to snow or ice, please contact: 763-234-3846