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Crop systems to profit farmers, clean air

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Landscape Biomass Project seeks to balance profit and environment

Ethanol made from corn kernels, a first-generation biofuels feedstock, accounts for more than 90 percent of U.S. biofuel production.

 

by Iowa Farmer Today  |   February 20,2014

AMES, Iowa — Cropping systems that are profitable for farmers and balance societal needs for food, feed, fuel, energy and clean air and water are the focus and challenge of Iowa State University’s Landscape Biomass Project.

“My dad always said there is no reason that driving your car should not make the air cleaner, and there’s no reason that you should have to feel bad about turning on a light bulb,” said Emily Heaton…

Her father’s declarations launched a journey that eventually led to a research and Extension appointment at Iowa State, focused on dedicated energy crops. She is one of 12 principal investigators on the project, according to a news release. READ MORE

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