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A Call to Action Summit: Ensuring Iowa's Leadership in the Bioeconomy

A Call to Action Summit: Ensuring Iowa's Leadership in the Bioeconomy
November 28 2006 | Iowa State University |

Bioeconomy summit spotlights Iowa's future
by Diana Pounds
Inside Iowa State | December 8, 2006

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.

Their task, as laid out by President Gregory Geoffroy, who called the summit, was to begin anticipating changes on the biofuels front and lay the groundwork for continued Iowa leadership in the field.

The day-long summit on "Ensuring Iowa's Leadership in the Bioeconomy" drew a crowd. Approximately 450 participants spent the morning learning about bioeconomy issues from several experts and the afternoon brainstorming about ways to maintain Iowa's leadership in the field.


***Welcome, Board of Regents President Michael Gartner
***"Growing the Economy in Iowa: Fueling the Future," ISU President Gregory Geoffroy
***"The Future of Biorefining in Iowa," Robert C. Brown, ISU Office of Biorenewables
***"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


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