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The biggest change in agriculture since the plow: Conference continues the bioeconomy conversation

Jill Euken

The bioeconomy has been called “the biggest change in agriculture since the plow.” That’s what Iowans said last spring when ISU Extension began community conversations around the state about the bioeconomy. The conversation will continue at the 2007 Biobased Industry Outlook Conference Nov. 5-6 in Ames. According to Jill Euken, ISU Extension industrial specialist, the conference will address several issues raised during the spring conversations, including: environment/natural resource impacts of biofuel production; employment tradeoffs and realities; energy conservation and efficiencies in biofuel production systems; transportation and storage systems for biomass; quality of life issues; and food, feed and fuel tradeoffs.

This article appeared in October 2007 -- From Jack Payne Newsletter