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Geraint Evans, head of biofuels and bioenergy at NNFCC, said waste was an underutilized resource for energy generation and gasification "could hold the key to unlocking its vast potential.
Lucy Hopwood, NNFCC's land and agriculture manager, said: "There are a few smaller scale users and school and hospital-scale contracts in the North East.
INFORMED Lucy Hopwood, NNFCC's land and agriculture manager, and, left, SembCorp''s Wilton biomass power station on Teesside.
The NNFCC provides advice and information for farmers interested in alternative crops.
Instead of the traditional cereals associated with breakfast time such as oats, farmers will be showcasing non-food crops at the event hosted by the National Non-Food Crops Centre (NNFCC), which is based in York.
Dr Alison Hamer, communications and information manager at the NNFCC, said: "There is a huge variety of non-food crops that can be grown by farmers in the UK.
NNFCC biologist Dr Alison Hamer says the aim is to open up new high-value markets for farmers, while also addressing issues such as global warming.
The National Non-Food Crops Centre (NNFCC) was established in York in November 2003.
Jeremy Tomkinson, chief executive of the NNFCC, said: "These are profitable non-food crops which offer real commercial opportunities for diversification of UK agriculture.
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