An ambitious, University based, USDA sponsored research project investigating
the sustainable production and distribution of bioenergy and
bioproducts for the central U.S.

April 16

Lignin: Using The Entire Plant

Lignin is one of the most common materials in the natural world and yet it is one of the least utilized commercially. Scientists are working on ways to use the whole plant, lignin included, but what will be lignin's breakout economic role?

Sorrel Brown: Women in Agriculture: Taking the Knife and Living the Dream

Thinking Safety First

Genera - IBBS Partnership: Developing Proper Biomass Storage Methods
Sorrell Brown is a creative problem solver and ag pioneer. She was the first woman field agronomist hired by Iowa State Extension in 1980 and and learned creatively what it took to break the glass ceiling in agriculture.
Damaged soil can lead to lackluster crops. Biochar is a soil amendment created from the pyrolysis of biomass that has shown its potential to repair soil, leading to healthier crops.
Switchgrass is a promising feedstock for biofuels and bioproducts - unless it degrades in storage. IBBS and Genera Energy have teamed up to research the most effective storage methods to maintain switchgrass quality for as long as possible.
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Taking the Road Less Traveled 
Listening In with CenUSA 
What can we do to encourage women to pursue STEM fields? Taking the Road Less Traveled teaches young female students how their knowledge in the classroom can lead to a successful STEM career.

Recently we had the opportunity to catch up with two CenUSA leaders, Tom Binder, Board Chair for CenUSA and former Senior VP at Archer Daniels Midland and Rachael Ostrem a former CenUSA intern who starts vet school this fall.