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.
Message from Lawrence Johnson, Director
These are indeed exciting times in agriculture. The United States is truly in the midst of a revolution – a bioeconomy revolution. For hundreds of years America’s abundant agriculture has provided food, feed, and fiber, and now it is being called upon to also provide fuels, industrial chemicals, and consumer products such as adhesives, lubricants, plastics, and more. We are now focused on biorenewable resources and environmental sustainability. These national trends are directly aligned with the mission and 20-year history of progress by the Center for Crops Utilization Research. These facilities and the new integrated biomass production and conversion facilities at the BioCentury Research Farm make Iowa State University uniquely positioned to meet these challenges.
Facilities and expertise in biomass production, harvest, storage, and transport as well as access to large pilot-scale fermentation, thermochemical processing, and biological processing are strengths of the BioCentury Research Farm. We welcome companies, entrepreneurs, and organizations to partner with the BioCentury Research Farm and collaborate with Iowa State faculty, staff, and students to accelerate development and commercialization of new technologies.