Iowa Learning Farms To Look At Biomass As A Fuel

Iowa Learning Farms To Look At Biomass As A Fuel

ILF's December 17 webinar will report on the biomass fuel project at University of Iowa.

This month's Iowa Learning Farms webinar will be on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 11:30 a.m. The presenter for this December webinar is Ingrid Gronstal Anderson with the University of Iowa's Biomass Fuel Project.

Harvesting corn stover for biomass is already taking place on a number of farms near Iowa's two cellulosic ethanol plants—one that's now operating at Emmetsburg in northwest Iowa and another that will soon be opening and using corn stover as a feedstock near Nevada in central Iowa. However, there are other crops, in addition to corn stover, that also have potential to be developed and used for biomass purposes.

HARVESTING CORN STOVER: This month's ILF webinar will take a look at potential for biomass as a crop in Iowa. This photo shows corn stover harvest near Nevada in central Iowa. The Dec. 17 webinar will discuss the University of Iowa's Biomass Fuel Project, which is using miscanthus grass as a fuel source in the university's main power plant.

Anderson on the Dec. 17 webinar will talk about exploration of biomass fuel sources as part of University of Iowa's institutional goal to obtain 40% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. This effort includes a project to plant 2,500 acres of miscanthus grass for use as a fuel for the UI's main power plant for the campus in Iowa City.

December webinar on biomass fuel project at University of Iowa
Ingrid Gronstal Anderson is an environmental compliance specialist with Facilities Management/Utilities and Energy Management at the UI. In addition to several campus environmental compliance programs, she is heavily involved in the UI's Biomass Partnership Program, which includes Iowa State University as a partner.

Anderson is a 2011 graduate of the UI's College of Law and earned her bachelor's degree from UI in 2005. She previously worked on the Biomass Partnership Project and other sustainability initiatives with the University of Iowa's Office of Sustainability. Anderson is a licensed attorney in Iowa.

Webinars are free; all you need is computer with Internet access
The webinar is part of a free series, hosted by ILF, through Adobe Connect. The webinars are held on the third Wednesday of each month. They are free and all that is needed to participate is a computer with Internet access. To connect to the webinar, go to connect.extension.iastate.edu/ilf/ at 11:30 a.m. on the morning of the webinar and log on using the "guest" option.

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ILF has hosted a webinar every month since January 2011. The ILF website has links for archived webinars from all previous sessions. There are over 45 webinars available to view on a variety of topics including soil erosion, cover crops and farmer perspectives on soil and water conservation and related issues. These can be viewed at any time. The webinar archives are also available in podcast through iTunes.

Established in 2004, Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation, encouraging adoption of conservation practices. Farmers, researchers and ILF team members are working together to identify and implement the best management practices that improve water quality and soil health while remaining profitable. Partners of Iowa Learning Farms are the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA section 319), Conserva­tion Districts of Iowa, Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa Water Center and Practical Farmers of Iowa. For more information about Iowa Learning Farms, visit the website.

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