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Statewide bioeconomy discussions planned

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In 2007, ISU Extension will convene community discussions throughout the state to help Iowans identify both the potential opportunities as well as the possible impacts of bioeconomy issues on quality of life.

Through the bioeconomy, Iowa’s renewable resources can be used to foster diverse economic development in rural areas, reduce dependence on fossil fuels, improve U.S. energy security and enhance the health and sustainability of Iowa’s ecosystems. However, as Iowans explore developing the state’s biorenewable resources, they must consider the significant economic, social and environmental ramifications of this rapidly growing initiative. For more information about ISU Extension’s community discussions contact Tim Borich,, or Steve Devlin,

This article appeared in December 2006 -- From Jack Payne Newsletter