Thermochemical Processing Research Poster Gets Iowa State ME Grad Student Top Honors

November 2016 Jake Lindstrom, an Iowa State Ph.D student in mechanical engineering has come away with double wins at recent conferences for his research poster on thermal deconstruction of biomass to increase monosaccharide yields. Lindstrom won the best student poster award at TCS 2016, the Symposium on Thermal and Catalytic Sciences for Biofuels and Biobased Products held at the […]


USDA Announces $1.5 million Available in BCAP Funding

The following is a press release from the USDA Farm Service Agency WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2016 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini today announced that $1.5 million will be available in fiscal year 2017 for farmers and foresters who harvest and deliver biomass for renewable energy. The funds […]

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Blog by Willett – You soon won’t recognize your job

The following was written by Brent Willett, executive director of the Cultivation Corridor, and featured in the Business Record’s Business Professionals’ Blogs. Read the original article at November 15, 2016 The definition of work is undergoing seismic change. That’s good news and bad news for job creators. When Alexis de Tocqueville published Democracy in America in two volumes in […]


USDA corn and soybean harvest forecast: bigger than expected

Timely planting and near-perfect growing conditions increased expectations for bumper U.S. corn and soybean crops in major production states, leading the U.S. Agriculture Department to raise its already record harvest forecast. In Iowa, the top corn production state and the second biggest for soybeans, USDA raised the average soybean yield to 59 bushels per acre from […]

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REG Breaks Ground for Ralston Biorefinery Expansion

Company’s First Plant to Grow from 12 Million to 30 Million Gal. Nameplate Capacity November 11, 2016 RALSTON, Iowa — (BUSINESS WIRE)–NOTE: A video on this topic can be viewed here: Renewable Energy Group (NASDAQ: REGI) held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday to formally launch a $24 million expansion of its Ralston, IA biorefinery from 12 […]


Partnering for Growth: Biotech Innovation Showcase & Forum

March 21-22, 2017FFA Enrichment Center 1055 SW Prairie Trail Pkwy Ankeny, IA 50023 IowaBio is currently accepting applications for its Partnering for Growth Biotech Innovation Showcase.  The Showcase is an investor conference that allows emerging biotech companies to compete for a $5,000 grand prize on March 21st in Ankeny. IowaBio is looking for applications from early-stage companies […]