"It's imperative that we here at Iowa State, and all of us in Iowa, not
rest on today's successes. We have to start looking ahead to the next
evolution in renewable fuels."
-- Iowa State University President Gregory Geoffroy, speaking during the
Call to Action Summit
Crosbie urges summit participants to support research to address erosion issues and help create
environmentally sensible crop and livestock systems. Photo by Bob Elbert.
The final report from the Nov. 28 summit on "Ensuring
Iowa's Leadership in the Bioeconomy" makes more than 100 recommendations to
state lawmakers. Those include calls for a state energy policy, investment of state funds to attract federal and
industrial research money, policies that encourage consumers to use biofuels and
agricultural polices that balance the interests of biofuels manufacturers with
crop, biomass and livestock producers. The report states, "An overarching
recommendation from the summit is that the State of Iowa will develop a
broad and comprehensive bioenergy policy that will demonstrate its
commitment and support for the bioeconomy and help us make the most of the
emerging new technologies to ensure Iowa's continued leadership in the area
report (Word doc).
Bioeconomy summit spotlights Iowa's future
In the biofuels race, Iowa leads the pack. Superior corn-growing
attributes and entrepreneurial farmers have propelled Iowa to the No. 1
ethanol-producing state in the nation. Can the state hold that front-runner position? That was the question Nov. 28
when representatives of academia, industry and government joined other state
leaders on campus to talk biofuels.
Leaders discuss Iowa's role in bioeconomy
More than 400 leaders from Iowa industry, government and higher
education gathered on the Iowa State campus Nov. 28 for a day-long
discussion of Iowa's leadership role in the bioeconomy. Following is
video of some of conference sessions. (The Breeze video works in
any Web browser that supports Flash media.)
Welcome, Board of Regents President Michael Gartner
"Growing the Economy in Iowa: Fueling the Future," ISU President
"The Future of Biorefining in Iowa," Robert C. Brown, ISU Office of
"Implications of Bioenergy on Agricultural Production," Craig
Lang, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation
"Economic and Social Impact of a Growing Bioenergy Industry on the
State and its Policy Implications," Bruce Babcock, Center for
Agricultural and Rural Development, ISU
Innovating for the Future," Ted Crosbie, chief technology officer
for the state of Iowa
Presentations by summit work groups
Is Iowa ready to lead the era of cellulosic energy?
Iowa has made tremendous strides in developing its ethanol industry, and
we are, without question, the nation's leader in production of grain ethanol
from corn. But we have taken only the first step in achieving our shared
vision of Iowa sustaining its leadership in the emerging bioeconomy.
See essay by Gregory Geoffroy, Robert C. Brown and Bruce Babcock.