ILF December webinar focuses on using biomass as a fuel source

December 8, 2014

This month’s Iowa Learning Farms (ILF) webinar will be on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 11:30 a.m. The presenter for December is Ingrid Gronstal Anderson with the University of Iowa’s Biomass Fuel Project.
Anderson will talk about the exploration of biomass fuel sources as part of the University of Iowa’s (UI) institutional goal to obtain 40 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. This effort includes a project to plant 2,500 acres of miscanthus grass for use as a fuel in the UI main power plant.
Ingrid Gronstal Anderson is an environmental compliance specialist with Facilities Management–Utilities and Energy Management at the UI. In addition to several campus environmental compliance programs, she is heavily involved in the UI’s Biomass Partnership Program, which includes Iowa State University as a partner. Anderson is a 2011 graduate of the UI’s College of Law and earned her B.S. from UI in 2005. She previously worked on the Biomass Partnership Project and other sustainability initiatives with the UI Office of Sustainability. Anderson is a licensed attorney in Iowa.
The webinar is part of a free series, hosted by ILF, through Adobe Connect. The webinars are held on the third Wednesday of each month. They are free and all that is needed to participate is a computer with Internet access. To connect to the webinar, go to: at 11:30 a.m.on the morning of the webinar and log on using the “guest” option.
ILF has hosted a monthly webinar since January 2011. The ILF website has links for archived webinars from all previous sessions:  There are over 45 webinars available to view on a variety of topics including soil erosion, cover crops and farmer perspectives. These can be viewed at any time.  The webinar archives are also available in podcast through iTunes.
Established in 2004, Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation, encouraging adoption of conservation practices. Farmers, researchers and ILF team members are working together to identify and implement the best management practices that improve water quality and soil health while remaining profitable. Partners of Iowa Learning Farms are the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA section 319), Conserva­tion Districts of Iowa, Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa Water Center and Practical Farmers of Iowa. For more information about Iowa Learning Farms, visit the website: