AMES, Iowa -- U.S. Congressman Tom Latham of Iowa will address the 2005 Biobased Industry Outlook Conference at Iowa State University on Aug. 29-30. He will talk about the growing bioeconomy and the potential opportunities for researchers, farmers and business owners. Prior to Latham’s luncheon speech, Paul Roberts, author of the critically acclaimed, The End of Oil: On the Edge of a Perilous New World, will lecture on the complex interplay of economics, technology and the natural world. Latham and Roberts are joined by an extensive list of speakers, both from commercial and academic organizations.
“We are exceptionally pleased with the quality of speakers we have this year. They are really in tune with the growing bioeconomy and the opportunities available,” said Jill Euken, Iowa State University Extension specialist and conference committee chair. “In addition to Congressman Latham and Paul Roberts, we have researchers and industry leaders highlighting new technology developments, capitalization strategies and opportunities for partnerships.”
The 2005 Biobased Industry Outlook Conference, “Growing the Bioeconomy: Planting Ideas, Cultivating Partnerships and Harvesting Progress,” will provide opportunities for participants to share ideas, strategies and new technologies to promote the expansion of existing biobased businesses.
Sessions held during the first day, including one that highlights the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, will encourage new initiatives by bioprocessors and biobased product manufacturers. Mark Henry, an executive for PBC, Inc., will lead the SBIR funding sessions. Another session will feature representatives from West Central Cooperative, DuPont, the National Corn Growers’ Association, BP Global and Monsanto. They will discuss biorefineries and the need for business and research partnerships. These representatives also will highlight current sustainable development efforts and public policy challenges, and forecast the next generation of feedstocks for biobased products.
A networking reception will allow participants to meet researchers and industry representatives, and hold one-on-one discussions about opportunities. Researchers affiliated with the Iowa Biotechnology Byproducts Consortium, ISU's Center for Crops Utilization Research and Center for Catalysis will highlight current research efforts at a poster session held during the reception.
The second day will feature breakout sessions led by researchers and small business leaders. These sessions will focus on current research and applications in plant oils, ethanol by-products, crop residues, dedicated energy crops, manure, conservation and environmental opportunities. The sessions will highlight potential business partnerships and recent successes of such partnerships in areas such as new crops and processing technologies, value-added products from waste streams and conservation issues.
“We are very excited about this year’s conference,” Euken said. “We believe the sessions will spur conversations and new ideas for biorenewables in the Midwest.” For more information about the 2005 Biobased Industry Outlook Conference, visit the conference Web site at http://www.valuechains.org/bewg/Conf2005/.