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  • 09 May 2015 3:20 PM | Urs Eggimann (Administrator)

    May 7, 2015 - Kimberly-Clark has announced it is launching a new slate of products that use renewable plant-based fiber, such as wheat straw in the making of Kleenex and Scott brand towel and tissue products. 

    The paper products will be made with 20 per cent plant fiber in place of tree fiber or recycled fiber. These products required the development of an entirely new supply chain to directly obtain wheat straw from U.S. farmers and the creation of a first-of-its-kind manufacturing process for converting plant fiber into pulp, the company says.
    "In a resource-constrained, digital world, with fewer sources of recycled fiber, and the need to put less pressure on natural forests, it's important to continue exploring non-tree fibers," says Iris Schumacher, North American sustainability leader, Kimberly-Clark Professional. "With the GreenHarvest line, Kimberly-Clark is pioneering a new approach to sustainable fiber sourcing and delivering innovative products with the quality and performance customers expect from our trusted brands."
    It was announced that by 2025, Kimberly-Clark hopes to source 50 per cent of the fiber in its products from alternative sources. GreenHarvest products being produced using bamboo are different than the GreenHarvest products using wheat straw. Users of commercial towels and tissues, such as schools, hotels and offices, will see the fiber source on the packaging.
  • 24 Apr 2015 10:24 AM | Urs Eggimann (Administrator)

    The OMAFRA – U of Guelph KTT project #KTT2014-10221  has been approved. 

    The project is a major collaborative initiative of OBPC, OMAFRA, the University of Guelph, OAFT and REAP-Canada.

    Growing the Biomass Marketplace: Agronomy, and Livestock Bedding Knowledge and Application is a 2-year project, starting in April 2015 and ending in March 2017.

    The major planned deliverables are agronomy information for switchgrass and miscanthus producers as well as  switchgrass and miscanthus based livestock bedding. 

    KTT stands for Knowledge Translation and Transfer and this project is based on the best and most up-to-date information sources.  Knowledge will be made available in various formats, including digital documentation, videos, updates on websites, live field day and seminar presentations as well as webcasts.  

    Expect future announcements of KTT related biomass events and milestones. 


  • 01 Apr 2015 12:15 PM | Urs Eggimann (Administrator)

    The event was a real success; we had a full house (exactly 100 participants), great presentations, no hick-ups with our agenda timing and excellent networking opportunities. 

    Link to Presentations:  Slides and Session Videos as well as Student Posters

    A big thank you to all contributors who worked hard to make the day worthwhile for organizers and everyone in attendance. Also a big thank you to everyone who joined us in Guelph and expressed keen interest in the progress of the Ag Biomass sector.

    Biotalk.ca covered our event and we already have some short videos of 5 different sessions. The presentations and the videos are posted on our website.

    Student Posters are featured in a photo album style.

  • 27 Feb 2015 12:46 PM | Urs Eggimann (Administrator)

    Visit the Upcoming Events section to get detailed information.

    You can register online to get a seat at the Ag Biomass Day 2015

  • 17 Feb 2015 10:01 AM | Urs Eggimann (Administrator)

    To accommodate farmers with small Ag biomass start-up projects, OBPC has introduced a new Start-up Producer membership. 

    OBPC wants to promote small biomass acreage on many farms to build a sufficient biomass production volume and meet the needs of our expected near term projects. This option gives new biomass start-ups a chance to get comfortable with the new crop without entering major risks. The new membership structure supports this biomass start-up strategy.


    Features of Start-up Producer membership:

    - Full access to OBPC website, i.e. Members-only section

    - Opportunity to get agronomy advice from experienced OBPC growers

    - Full access to OBPC events

    - Annual membership fee of $100

    - Upgrade option to full Producer membership

    - No voting rights

    - No access privileges to OBPC biomass contracts 

    The Start-up Producer membership gives farmers an attractive option to get the necessary access to biomass production how-to information.

  • 08 Feb 2015 8:48 PM | Urs Eggimann (Administrator)

    To promote much needed biomass acreage, Urs Eggimann, with the support of Ray Robertson and his team at Grey Ag Services in Markdale, conducted a 2-hour information session with farmers in the Grey-Bruce region. The chief objective was to motivate leaders in the farming community of Grey & Bruce Counties to plant switchgrass and set the foundation for future biomass market requirements. 

    OBPC favours many farms with a modest purpose grown biomass acreage to create a low risk start-up biomass base in Ontario. Once farmers are comfortable and knowledgeable with biomass crops, they will be ready to increase acreage substantially to meet industry needs.

    Growing Switchgrass in Grey County is the link of the Markdale presentation.

  • 08 Feb 2015 12:05 PM | Urs Eggimann (Administrator)

    The FarmSmart 2015 program dedicated 2 sessions for biomass one of which included OBPC presentations by Don Nott and David Smith.

    Don Nott's presentation highlights the Profitability of Switchgrass, with a comparison to Spring Wheat.

    David Smith provided an update of the recent advancements with Miscanthus.


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