This handbook describes the benefits of growing willow as a bioenergy crop and explains the process of the willow biomass production system, which is based on a combination of agricultural and forestry practices.
The goal is to aid farmers in achieving the best returns in yield and profit.
Currently in New York State alone there is approximately 1.5 million acres of barren or underutilized farm land. Exploiting this resource could improve the farm finances, as well as stimulate the rural economy, by providing a new source of revenue, a new crop market, and environmental benefits.
This handbook has been produced by the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) to introduce farmers in upstate New York the Northeast, and the Lake States to shrub willow and offer guidelines on how to manage this new crop.