March 4, 2014

Johnson County Extension Office
3109 Old Highway 218 S, Iowa City, Iowa


This workshop will provide information about miscanthus and other perennial bioenergy crops for energy generation in Iowa. Farmers, energy producers, land managers and anyone interested in biomass production are welcome to attend and learn more.

This year’s workshop is being co-sponsored by the University of Iowa Office of Sustainability and will focus on perennial bioenergy crops to be planted as part of the UI Biomass Power Partnership as UI transitions to 40% renewable energy by 2020.


Emily Heaton
assistant professor, Agronomy
Iowa State University

Ferman Milster
Principal engineer, renewables
Office of Sustainability
University of Iowa
Jeff Klingenberg
VP, R&D Operations at Repreve Renewables, LLC
Jacob Barney
assistant professor, Plant Pathology, Physiology & Weed Science
Virginia Tech University


Sustainability must and will become a central priority of all aspects of our university enterprise—our operations, our academic mission, and our responsibilities to the greater society.

Univerity of Iowa President Sally Mason, Earth Day 2008

Workshop Program

Time Topic
8:00 am Registration and refreshments
8:45 Welcome and introductions by Emily Heaton, Iowa State University.
9:00 Emily Heaton, Iowa State University, will provide an overview of what biomass crops are and how they can be used for economic and environmental benefit in Iowa.

Ferman Milster, University of Iowa, will describe what is happening with the University of Iowa’s biomass power project, with emphasis on the development of grower contracts for miscanthus in the Muscatine, Iowa area.

10:30 Break (refreshments provided)
10:45 Jacob Barney, Virginia Tech University, will address the invasive potential of biomass crops and present a framework for risk assessment and mitigation.
  Jeff Klingenberg, Repreve Renewables, LLC, will describe dedicated energy crop services available from Repreve and how they are appropriate to the Biomass Power Parntership.
  Question and answer session.
  Summary of major points and needed next steps.
12:30 pm Workshop adjourns



Advance registration - $10
Must be received by midnight, March 2, 2014.

On-site registration - $20

Student registration - FREE

Registrations are not accepted by phone. Please register online or use the registration form to submit payment.

Advance online registration for this event has closed to begin materials preparation. Please register at the door. Thank you.


For questions about the Biomass Crop Production Workshop program please contact Emily Heaton, assistant professor, Iowa State University, (515) 294-1310,

For assistance with registration, receipts, billing, cancellation or questions on the status of your registration contact ANR Program Services at (515) 294-6429 or


Johnson County Extension Office
3109 Old Highway 218 S.
Iowa City, Iowa