Willow harvested in Geneva will be processed to become a biofuel.

Prospects for meeting energy needs with a locally grown bioenergy crop are heating up on a Cornell campus.

Associate professor of horticulture Larry Smart’s shrub willow bioenergy program is celebrating two milestones: a new $950,000 grant for breeding willow and installation of a boiler that will heat two buildings at Cornell’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station (NYSAES) in Geneva with willow biofuel produced right on campus.

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