USDA-NIFA CAP

Summary

In June 2020, C-CHANGE was awarded a Sustainable Agricultural Systems program grant 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 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. Download a 1-page summary of the project here.

Proposal

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 proposal Sustainable Agricultural Systems program grant proposal here.

 

Personnel

Principal investigators on the grant follow. The team is actively adding faculty, staff, postdocs, and students to bring more capacity to the team. More information will be coming soon.

Lisa Schulte Moore

Iowa State University

Professor of Natural Resource Ecology and Management

Associate Director of the Bioeconomy Institute

lschulte@iastate.edu

Tom Richard

Penn State University

Director, Institute of Energy & Environment

Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

 trichard@psu.edu

Rudi Roeslein

Roeslein Alternative Energy

Founder and CEO

J. Gordon Arbuckle

Iowa State University

Professor of Sociology
Extension Sociologist

 arbuckle@iastate.edu

Saurabh Bansal

Penn State University

Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management

 sub32@psu.edu

Robert Brown

Iowa State University

Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering

Gary and Donna Hoover Chair in Mechanical Engineering

Director of the Bioeconomy Institute

 rcbrown3@iastate.edu

Alexis Campbell

Iowa State University

Director, Science Bound

 alexish@iastate.edu

Daniel Ciolkosz

Penn State University

Associate Research Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Academic Program Coordinator, RESS Online Master’s Program
BRS Graduate Program Coordinator

 dec109@psu.edu

Jacqueline Comito

Iowa State University

Research Scientist

 jcomito@iastate.edu

Lara Fowler

Penn State University

Senior Lecturer

 lbf10@psu.edu

Mark Gagnon

Penn State University

IEE Affiliate Researcher
Harbaugh Entrepreneurship Scholar & Entrepreneurship Coordinator

mag199@psu.edu

Emily Heaton

Iowa State University

Associate Professor of Agronomy

Extension Biomass Crop Specialist

 heaton@iastate.edu

Matthew Helmers

Iowa State University

Professor of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

Dean’s Professorship in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Agricultural Extension Engineer

 mhelmers@iastate.edu

Kathleen Hill

Penn State University

Assistant Professor of Education

 edrelations@psu.edu

C. Clare Hinrichs

Penn State University

Professor of Rural Sociology

 cch11@psu.edu

Alexander Hristov

Penn State University

Distinguished Professor of Dairy Nutrition

 anh13@psu.edu

Heather Karsten

Penn State University

Associate Professor, Crop Production/Ecology

 hdk3@psu.edu

Matthew Johnson

Penn State University

Research Associate
Assistant Professor of Education

mmj125@psu.edu

Jarad Niemi

Iowa State University

Associate Professor of Statistics

niemi@iastate.edu

Hilil Ezgi Toraman

Penn State University

Assistant Professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering
Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering

  hzt5148@psu.edu

Thomas Schwartz

FDCE

Vice President of Marketing
Sales Manager

tom@fdcenterprises.com

David Swenson

Iowa State University

Research Scientist

  dswenson@iastate.edu

Michael Thompson

Iowa State University

Professor, Agronomy

  mlthomps@iastate.edu