Biopolymers Pilot Plant

The industrial-scale pilot biopolymers plant being built at BCRF for use in several different industries nears its completion.

Planting miscanthus

The BCRF helped Emily Heaton's research group plant miscanthus with a semi-automatic planter at three locations in Iowa.

Loading corn stover bales

Corn stover harvesters are trained by and have access to support from Iowa State University researchers.

Lawrence Johnson

Retiring Director Lawrence Johnson takes a look back on his time at Iowa State University and his plans for the future.

Welcome to the BioCentury Research Farm

The Iowa State University BioCentury Research Farm is the first-in-the-nation integrated research and demonstration facility dedicated to biomass production and processing. This facility presents a unique opportunity for industry collaboration. It will accelerate innovation and production capacity associated with biobased fuels, chemicals, and products.

The BioCentury Research Farm is a College of Agriculture and Life Sciences facility and is managed by the Center for Crops Utilization Research. Additional funding provided by Plant Sciences Institute, Center for Industrial Research and Service, and Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. The BioCentury Research Farm closely partners with Bioeconomy Institute on research, demonstration, and commercialization.


Beginning July 13, 2015, U Avenue will be closed for grading and paving from Highway 30 past the Ag Engineering/Agronomy Research Farm and the BioCentury Research Farm. Access to the Ag Engineering/Agronomy Research Farm and the BioCentury Research Farm will be from the south only. To get to these farms, exit Highway 30 on V Avenue, then 1 mile south to 240th Street, then 1 mile west to U Avenue, then north to the farms. Watch for detour signs. Closure is expected for 6 to 7 weeks.