Growing the Bioeconomy:
from Foundational Science to Sustainable Practice

September 7-9, 2008

Scheman Building, Iowa State University


Plenary Presentations
Biofuels and Climate Change Presentations
Biomass Processing Presentations
Corn and Climate Workshop Presentations
Economics and Policy Presentations
Feeding the Dragon Presentations
Human, Social, and Community Impacts of the Bioeconomy Presentations
Utilization of Biobased Products Presentations


The 2008 Growing the Bioeconomy Conference focused on strategies to achieve the new federal cellulosic biofuels mandate and advance the Midwestern Governors Association energy and climate change platform.

The conference featured:

  • Cutting edge research on cellulosic feedstocks production and processing technologies; biomass harvest, storage, and transportation systems; biofuels and climate change; and human, social, economic, and policy dimensions of the bioeconomy; biofuels.
  • Tours to learn about new biomass crops and cropping systems research at the Iowa State University New Century Farm
  • Demonstrations of biomass harvest equipment prototypes at the Iowa State University New Century Farm

Corn and Climate
Post-Conference Workshop on the Climate of the Midwest
September 9-10

This post-conference workshop focused in-depth attention on the interactions between crops and climate, climate change, climate variability, and future impacts on agriculture in the Midwest.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is co-sponsoring this special extension of the Growing the Bioeconomy Conference to assess recent climate trends in the Midwest, as well as seasonal and long-term climate assessments.