Iowa State University will host the 2006 Biobased Industry Outlook Conference on August 28 and 29. During the past few years, this event has established a reputation for being the Midwestern conference where industry and community leaders, academicians, and government agencies gather to learn and share information about manufacturing, distributing, and marketing biobased products. In 2005, the two-day event attracted over 420 people.
This year’s conference will feature sessions that will focus on the financial, scientific, equipment, and educational investments needed in order for U.S. agriculture to supply a significant portion of U.S. energy needs, while maintaining production of food, feed, and fiber. Speakers include Lee Lynd, professor of engineering at Dartmouth College; Vinod Khosla, founding CEO of Sun Microsystems; Jason Grumet, Executive Director of the National Commission on Energy Policy; Jim Breson, EBI Project General Manager with British Petroleum; and Bob Egerton, commercial agribusiness division manager at Co-Bank.
Breakout sessions will focus on new and promising bioprocessing discoveries and market incentives for biobased products, while specialized tours will feature various aspects of the bioeconomy. Participants will also have the opportunity to experiment with I-FARM, a computer-based system that analyzes how harvesting energy crops and residues can impact soil fertility and conservation.
For more information about the 2006 Biobased Industry Outlook Conference, please visit http://www.bioeconomyconference.org/.