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Sixth Installment in “Dream Green” SeriesJames w/ BioCentury Farm's director Larry Johnson in Boone, Iowa.

Features BioCentury Research Farm Director Larry Johnson

 
Fairfield, IA, July 6, 2011—On Thursday, July 7 at 7pm, KRUU-FM—the first solar-powered radio station in the Midwest—will broadcast an interview with Larry Johnson, Director of BioCentury Research Farm in Boone, Iowa, as the sixth installment in KRUU’s 20-part “Dream Green” radio series. Co-hosts Stuart Tanner and James Moore take a walking tour of the facility and discuss driving developments in biofuels. (Shows are rebroadcast Mondays at 7am, online at www.kruufm.com. Archives and transcripts available at www.greeniowa.org.)

“In Iowa, 60% of the corn crop goes to produce ethanol. This is quite a staggering statistic and helps explain why the price of corn has gone up so much,” says “Dream Green” co-host Stuart Tanner. “This is great for agriculture, but not everyone is convinced of the virtues of making ethanol from corn. In this week’s program, Larry Johnson offers clear insight into the different sides of the argument. BioCentury Farm is playing a leading role in creating a viable future for biorefineries through biofuels and other beneficial products in the same way that oil refineries make petroleum and associated products—but using source materials that offer a more sustainable and less polluting future.”

Located west of Ames on Highway 30, the BioCentury Research Farm is leading the state—and the nation—in renewable fuel research. The state-of-the-art facility provides researchers with the opportunity to integrate harvesting, transportation, storage, and processing, while offering facilities for outreach programming and industry collaboration.

Johnson headed Iowa State University's Center for Crops Utilization Research for 20 years before taking over at BioCentury. He holds 12 patents—alone and with other researchers—on food and industrial technologies. In 2009, he shared the ISU College of Ag and Life Sciences Team Award for leading a group that developed new and environmentally-friendly technologies that use water and enzymes to extract oil for food or biodiesel uses.

“It’s collaborative science being done at BioCentury, a cutting edge facility playing a critical role in the field of biorenewable energy,” said “Dream Green” co-host James Moore. “That’s what the ‘Dream Green’ series is about after all—giving Iowans a who’s who of what’s what in terms of all the good green stuff.”

Backed by a partial grant from the Iowa Power Fund, KRUU-FM’s “Dream Green” series showcases Iowa’s statewide sustainable efforts. Each hour-long broadcast highlights best practices and success stories by Iowa innovators in the field of renewable energy. The series is created and produced by solar-powered KRUU-FM’s popular hosts of the “Tanner & Moore” show, Stuart Tanner and James Moore.

Tune in online at www.kruufm.com this Thursday at 7pm (rebroadcast Monday, July 11 at 7am) to learn more about the beauty of biofuels and the exciting biorenewable energy industry. Next week Tanner and Moore travel to Ames to speak with Fred Kirschenmann of the Leopold Center, Matt Helmers for a look at prairie grass and biomass, and the ISU’s “Hort” Farm.