​How biomass helps farmers make the most of 'waste wood'

Properly managed biomass energy could be a boon for farmers and the climate. (Photo: SvedOliver/Shutterstock)

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Trees are an important part of any farm. They reduce erosion and flooding, absorb air pollutants, provide habitat for insect-eating birds, and cast shade to help livestock stay cool. They produce crops, too, whether it's fruit and nuts at an orchard or wood at a tree farm.

But trees also face their own challenges. They can be struck by lightning or stricken by disease, leaving them undesirable for timber or unable to produce marketable fruit.

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Source: MNN

 

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