Sustainable Bioenergy Is Focus Of Webinar

Sustainable Bioenergy Is Focus Of Webinar

You can tune in to Iowa Learning Farms' Feb. 15 webinar; ISU Extension economist Chad Hart discusses sustainable production and distribution of bioenergy for Iowa and central U.S.

You are invited to tune into the Iowa Learning Farms' Feb. 15 webinar which will feature Chad Hart, an economist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Hart will discuss sustainable production and distribution of bioenergy for the Central U.S.

This is the Iowa Learning Farms' February webinar and it is to be held Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 11:30 a.m. This webinar is part of a series of webinars, hosted by ILF, held on the third Wednesday of each month through Adobe Connect. All that is needed to participate is a computer with Internet access.

Hart, an assistant professor of economics, is the grain markets specialist for ISU Extension and works on grain marketing and related issues. He has been focusing on biofuels as this industry has developed. Hart's webinar is titled "Sustainable Production and Distribution of Bioenergy for the Central USA." The presentation will review the multi-state CenUSA Bioenergy project that is investigating a regional system for producing fuels derived from high biomass producing perennials using pyrolysis and biochar.

To connect to the webinar, go to Hart will be able to answer questions from webinar "attendees" via the Adobe Connect chat box. The ILF website homepage contains links for archived webinars from previous months at

Iowa Learning Farms is a partnership between 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 and the US EPA (section 319); in cooperation with Conservation Districts of Iowa and the Iowa Farm Bureau.

Field Crop Insect publication added to crop reference series by ISU Extension


In other ISU news, Iowa State University Extension and the Iowa Soybean Association have released a collaborative publication, Field Crop Insects, the latest in a series of practical and valuable reference tools for farmers.

Correct recognition and identification of insect pests is an important first step to making a proper management decision regarding any insect found in soybean and corn. Field Crop Insects is a comprehensive publication for farmers and ag professionals in a format they can easily use. In addition to help with identification, it provides useful information about sampling and treatment thresholds.

The 74-page publication is filled with vivid, full-color images and descriptions of insect pests and the damage they cause to soybeans and corn. Management options are provided as well as Web addresses for access to more detailed insect control recommendations.

Insect pests are becoming more prevalent in Iowa as environmental conditions and cropping systems change. Minimizing yield loss from insects is essential for sustainable and profitable soybean and corn production. The imagery in this publication is detailed so it is easy to accurately identify problem pests.

Funding for printing and distribution of the publication was provided by the Iowa Soybean Association through the soybean checkoff and ISU Extension and Outreach.

Printed copies of Field Crop Insects can be obtained by contacting the Iowa Soybean Association at (800) 383-1423; they can also be ordered from the ISU Extension Online Store at or by calling (515) 294-5247 and requesting publication CSI 0014. The guide can be viewed online at

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