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Meeting looks at stover harvest needs for biomass feedstock

Opportunities to harvest corn stover exist in two regions of Iowa – near Nevada in central Iowa and near Emmetsburg in northern Iowa. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a meeting Jan. 6 in Boone County to address emerging opportunities related to stover harvesting for the biomass feedstock needs of local industries.

The meeting will be held at the Leonard Good Learning Center in Ogden, beginning at 9:45 a.m. This meeting is in collaboration with DuPont.

Stover harvesting can impact economic, agronomic and water quality production factors. The meeting will address many of the positives and negatives of stover harvesting, and discuss how stover harvesting can be managed within corn production. Crop producers, land owners, crop consultants, agronomists, service providers and others with an interest in stover harvest and its removal from farm fields are encouraged to attend.

A noon lunch will be sponsored by industry partners during the meeting at no cost to the participants; however, pre-registration is required. Industry representatives will be available to meet with participants during lunch and at the close of the meeting. The meeting is funded in part by a grant from Iowa Energy Center.

To register for the Jan. 6 meeting, contact the Boone County Extension Office by calling 515-432-3882, or online at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/boone/

There is no fee to attend the meeting. Registration is required for correct meal and handout counts. Walk-in registration the day of the meeting will only be accepted if space is available.

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