Two-day event features multiple forms of biomass as well as farm tours and open houses


Activity at the Biomass Innovation Park

​Bales of switchgrass stored at the Genera Energy Biomass Innovation Park in Vonore, Tenn., the site of day two of the Biomass Field Day event.

VONORE, Tenn. —  The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, in cooperation with industrial collaborators, will present “From Grow to Go” a Biomass Field Day event. The event will be held Oct. 24 and 25 in Vonore, Tenn., and will feature on-farm tours and equipment demonstrations as well as open houses at the nearby Genera Energy Biomass Innovation Industrial Park and the DuPont demonstration biorefinery. 

There is no cost to attend either either day of the two-day event, but participants are encouraged to pre-register by Oct. 19 to reserve a lunch for Oct. 24. Lunches are free to pre-registered visitors on Oct. 24. On the following day on-site vendors will be available for visitors to purchase food and refreshments.

The first day of the event will take place at the Color Wheel Farm in Vonore. Registration opens at 8 a.m. Several presentation tents will feature concurrent sessions on a variety of topics ranging from technical presentations to farmer testimonials. Visitors may also see on-site field equipment demonstrations and exhibits. Of particular interest will be the discussions involving the production of switchgrass, sorghum, miscanthus and woody biomass as energy crops. A copy of the day's program and information on the speakers is available on the event web site:

The Color Wheel Farm is owned and operated by Brad and Kim Black. The Blacks have participated in the university’s switchgrass production demonstrations since 2008.

The Oct. 25 schedule includes an open house at the Genera Energy Biomass Innovation Park and a second open house at the DuPont demonstration biorefinery. The event begins at 9 a.m. and is scheduled to run until 3 p.m. An industrial exhibit area will be open, and on-site tours will be conducted. The nation’s energy policy will be among the topics discussed.

To register, please go online to and click on the registration link. You may also register by emailing your name, affiliation (producer, business or agency name), and contact information (mailing address, phone, and email address) to Mark Alexander at or by calling 865-946-1162 and providing that same information. You may register multiple individuals, but please provide the requested information for each person. Please indicate during registration whether special accommodations will be needed for persons with limited mobility.

Support for these tours has been generously provided by a grant from the US Department of Energy.

The Biomass Field Day is a project of the UT Institute of Agriculture Center for Renewable Carbon. The UT Institute of Agriculture also provides instruction, research and public service through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch, including its system of 10 research and education centers, and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.



Dr. Sam Jackson, UT Center for Renewable Carbon and Genera Energy,

Mark Alexander, UT Center for Renewable Carbon, 865-946-1162,

Patricia McDaniels, UTIA Marketing and Communications Services, 615-835-4570,