Extension News

ISU Extension Conducts Statewide Discussions on the Bioeconomy

3/7/2007

AMES, Iowa – Between March 19–30 Iowa State University (ISU) Extension will host community discussions at 100 locations  around the state. The information compiled at these sessions, involving community leaders and stakeholders, will form the basis of ISU Extension’s programming as it relates to the emerging Iowa bioeconomy.
 
Each two-hour session will start with a brief Webcast that gives an overview of the basics of the bioeconomy and trends in Iowa. Local moderators then will facilitate a listening session and record wants, needs and concerns about the bioeconomy.  

“A recent Des Moines Register poll found that a large majority of Iowans believe that biofuels are key to the state’s economic future, but to a lesser extent their local community economy,” said Jack Payne, vice president for ISU Extension and Outreach. “This is why we want to get more local input from all of our counties. We want to engage the public in identifying research priorities, policy issues and Extension educational needs.

“The results of these sessions will be handed over to our Bioeconomy Task Force and we will start formulating Extension’s programming to support Iowa’s communities,” Payne said. 

For more information about these meetings in your area, contact your local ISU Extension county office. You can learn more about the work ISU Biorenewables, ISU Extension and the College of Agriculture are doing on the bioeconomy.

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Contacts :
Jack Payne, Vice President for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach,  jpayne@iastate.edu, (515) 294-6675

Jean McGuire, Extension Communications and Marketing, (515) 294-7033, jmcguire@iastate.edu