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Grass2Gas: A USDA-NIFA Sustainable Agricultural Systems Project

Brett Reinford gives the C-CHANGE team a tour of Reinford Farms, May 2022Summary

USDA logoIn June 2020, C-CHANGE was awarded a Sustainable Agricultural Systems program grant (grant ID: 2020-68012-31824) from the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute for Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA). The grant expands C-CHANGE to a multi-institutional consortium that includes:

The C-CHANGE “Grass2Gas” team will assess if perennials and winter crops can be used more widely as feedstock for anaerobic digestion. With time, this will advance a new biobased value chain: production of renewable natural gas and associated bioproducts through the anaerobic digestion of diverse feedstocks.

  • Explore the milestones the team has marked since 2020 on our digital dashboard
  • Download a one-page summary of the project here.

In Depth

C-CHANGE USDA-NIFA CAP CoverC-CHANGE is advancing research, education, and extension to support development of a new biobased value chain. This effort will examine production of renewable natural gas and associated bioproducts through the anaerobic digestion of herbaceous biomass combined with manure. The novelty of the project lies in leveraging a successful business model based on the digestion of manure to encompass new agricultural feedstocks, more diverse products, and increased value throughout the supply chain.

C-CHANGE provides integrated activities directed toward feedstock diversification, modulari­zation, process intensification, and stakeholder engagement to reduce supply chain risks, increase product value, and improve production, profitability, and sustainability. Our work is motivated by the pressing need to alleviate social, eco­nomic, and environmental concerns associated with current agricultural sys­tems, and to foster new economic development in rural America.

Find our funded USDA-NIFA Sustainable Agricultural Systems program grant proposal here (pdf).

Find proposal team members here. The team is actively adding faculty, staff, postdocs, and students for additional capacity and impact.