Webinar: The Emerging Bioeconomy and Combating Carbon Levels | Building a Culture of Conservation

Webinar: The Emerging Bioeconomy and Combating Carbon Levels

December 6, 2021

The Iowa Learning Farms (ILF) conservation webinar taking place Dec. 15 at noon CST will feature Tom Richard, professor of agricultural and biological engineering at Penn State University. Richard who is also director of Penn State’s Institutes for Energy and the Environment, will draw on his expertise in engineering science within microbial and agricultural systems, development of market-based strategies for more sustainable agriculture and the emerging bio-based economy, to discuss concepts and strategies that frame the battlefront with climate change.

In the webinar, “Bioeconomy Solutions for the 21st Century,” Richard will look at the fundamental process of photosynthesis that has been removing tens of gigatons of CO2 from Earth’s atmosphere each year for more than 3 billion years, and how it serves as the foundation to life-sustaining food and energy production. Participants will also learn how regenerative agriculture can help produce the renewable natural gas, biomaterials, and ecosystem carbon storage needed to solve the climate challenge. Richard will also highlight the potential to dramatically expand food, fiber and energy industries to a scale that will create a new trillion-dollar bioeconomy.

“In a world with too much CO2 already in the atmosphere and more accumulating every year, reversing climate change requires rapid development of industries that remove and use CO2 on a gigaton scale,” said Richard. “In the coming decades agriculture will form the foundation of a bioeconomy that will not only continue to sustain life but will also slow or potentially reverse the atmospheric CO2 problem that threatens us all.”

Participants in Iowa Learning Farms Conservation Webinars are encouraged to ask questions of the presenters. People from all backgrounds and areas of interest are encouraged to join.


Webinar Access Instructions

To participate in the live webinar, shortly before noon CST Dec. 15:

Click this URL, or type this web address into your internet browser: https://iastate.zoom.us/j/364284172

Or, go to https://iastate.zoom.us/join and enter meeting ID: 364 284 172


Or, join from a dial-in phone line:

Dial: +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923

Meeting ID: 364 284 172


The webinar will also be recorded and archived on the ILF website, so that it can be watched at any time. Archived webinars are available at: https://www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/webinars.

A Certified Crop Adviser board-approved continuing education unit (CEU) has been applied for. Those who participate in the live webinar are eligible. Information about how to apply to receive the credit will be provided at the end of the live webinar.