Biomass Energy Training Curriculum – TN

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This curriculum  provides training on biomass energy to extension agents and local officials so that they may deliver this information to their stakeholders. While it is written as a training guide for TN, much of the information is applicable throughout the Southeastern US region.

This curriculum was developed through a Southern SARE grant and collaboration between Tennessee State University, the University of Tennessee,, and USDA-Rural Development. 


Link to the full TN Biomass Energy Training Curriculum (a 254 page downloadable PDF), or access as separate modules as listed below.


The Biomass Energy Training Curriculum for each topic area includes:

  • Lesson Guide with Learning Objectives and information notes for each presentation slide.
  • Slide presentation
  • Factsheet and other educational materials
  • Questions which can be used to test participants’ knowledge at the end of the presentation. This can be combined with clickers to improve audience engagement and create discussion
  • Evaluation of the presentation.

Curriculum Sections

Part I.  Introduction to Biomass Energy

Part II.  On-farm Biodiesel Production     

Part III.  Native Warm-Season Grasses (NWSG) For Bioenergy and Forage Production

Part IV. Soil Health For Sustainable Agriculture

References and Additional Resources



Jason de Koff

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Curriculum Author Jason de Koff is an Associate Professor of Agronomy and Soil Science for Tennessee State University’s Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. His research focuses on bioenergy crop production, with specific interests in switchgrass and winter canola production. His extension training programs and educational resources provide current bioenergy production information to producers. Find his latest on Twitter: @TSUBioenergy



Creative Commons License
These training resources [the curriculum, not the references and additional resources] are freely available for educational purposes under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. Please provide attribution: The Biomass Energy Training Curriculum by Jason de Koff, Tennessee State University; funded by Southern SARE.

If you wish to adapt these curriculum materials for your own educational purposes, please contact the Curriculum Author for permission and files:

Jason P. de Koff, Ph.D.
Tennessee State University
3500 John A Merritt Blvd
Nashville, TN  37209
(615) 963-4929




Southern SARE-NIFA LogosSpecialists from Tennessee State University, the University of Tennessee,, and USDA-Rural Development developed this Biomass Energy Curriculum, with funding from Southern SARE.

The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) ­program’s mission is to advance—to the whole of American agriculture—innovations that improve profitability, stewardship and quality of life by investing in groundbreaking research and education. SARE is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), USDA.