New Bioeconomy Research Farm to be Featured during Aug. 12 Webinar

Learn how to quantify the returns of ecosystem service markets

August 7, 2020, 1:00 pm | Hilary Pierce, Jacqueline Comito

AMES, Iowa — Iowa Learning Farms will host a webinar on Wednesday, Aug. 12, at noon, about the new Sustainable Advanced Bioeconomy Research farm at Iowa State University. 

Ecosystem service markets promise farmers new money, but how does one quantify services farmers might sell?

Emily Heaton.Emily Heaton, professor of agronomy and extension biomass crop specialist at Iowa State, will explain how greenhouse gas and water changes are being measured at field-scale in perennial and annual crops at the SABR farm. The knowledge gained from this research is used to inform government agency recommendations and private valuation of ecosystem services.

“Iowa is uniquely positioned to make money from providing ecosystem services and our research is revealing how to 'grow' and measure ecosystem service products,” said Heaton, whose work investigates land and crop management strategies that return value to people and the land through perennial crops, especially perennial grasses. There is money to be made from providing ecosystem services and the research done by ISU at SABR is underpinning Midwest market development.

To participate in the live webinar, shortly before noon on Aug. 12, click the following URL, or type this web address into your internet browser:

Or, go to and enter meeting ID: 364 284 172. Or, join from a dial-in phone line by dialing: +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923. The Meeting ID is: 364 284 172. 

The webinar will also be recorded and archived on the ILF website, so that it can be watched at any time. Archived webinars are available online

A Certified Crop Adviser board-approved continuing education unit has been applied for, for those who are able to participate in the live webinar. Information about how to apply to receive the credit (if approved) will be provided at the end of the live webinar.

Partners of Iowa Learning Farms include the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA section 319) and GROWMARK, Inc. 


Original photo: Emily Heaton.

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