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BIO World Congress heads to Des Moines, Iowa: Biomass to Bioproducts in America’s Heartland

Giants like George Washington Carver, Henry A. Wallace and Norman Borlaug all had deep ties to Iowa, which today is home to more plant and soil scientists than any other U.S. state. Industry leaders such as Bayer, Corteva Agriscience, POET, REG, Syngenta and many others have operations in Iowa.

One of America’s preeminent agricultural research institutions, Iowa State University, is based in Ames, Iowa – just a 30-minute drive north of Des Moines. Ames is also home to the National Science Foundation’s Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC), and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory.

Iowa is home to the second-most acres of harvestable biomass. Forty-three processing facilities in Iowa produce more than one-quarter of U.S. ethanol, and 12 refineries produce 16 percent of U.S. biodiesel. The state’s legislature created America’s first Biochemical Production Tax Credit in 2016, which the U.S. Department of Agriculture calls the “strongest existing incentive package for the global biobased chemical industry.”

Des Moines is Iowa’s vibrant capital and largest city and has undergone a renaissance in the last two decades. It is the fastest growing city in the midwestern U.S. and has higher rates of millennial population growth than N.Y.C., Chicago, Boston, San Jose, San Francisco and L.A. U.S. News & World Report named Iowa the 2018 No. 1 state in the U.S. and recently named Des Moines one of America’s most artistic towns and an “under-the-radar city you need to visit.”

Join us in Iowa next July to see where biomass is grown, research is conducted and bioproducts are produced in America’s agricultural heartland. Be sure to make time for exploring Iowa’s award-winning art, music, food and events scene. Learn more about the attractions awaiting you in Des Moines during the 2019 BIO World Congress at Catch Des Moines

Registration is OPEN! 

Want to see the region and experience the latest innovations? BIO World Congress offers Iowa Bioeconomy Site Tours starting on Monday morning, July 8.

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