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Conversations about Carbon

Conversations about Carbon is a monthly series on the first Tuesday of each month.

We will host a virtual discussion with an expert who will take on key questions about carbon reduction, removal, and repair. The overall goal is to help move research, education, and extension forward on how agriculture can play a role in mitigating climate change.

The series is hosted by ISU Bioeconomy Institute in association with ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

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What are the Conversations about Carbon series?

Conversations about Carbon are monthly virtual webinars. The goal is to bring people together over the hour for an informal discussion on concepts and action surrounding carbon reduction, removal, and repair, and the role agriculture can play as a climate change solution.

The opportunities and challenges of carbon removal are unknown to many people. What are the technical feasibility, cost, and potential unintended consequences of carbon removal? We want to provide you an opportunity to talk with the experts and leaders in this field.

Our goal is to provide science-based information on how we move forward using agriculture to remove carbon from the atmosphere.

Why Attend?

These conversations are meant to be informal and educational conversations. Each expert will be interviewed by a faculty member from Iowa State University. Following the interview, we will open up the conversation to participants to ask questions and engage in dialog. Conversations will last no more than 45 minutes.

How can you help?

We want to hear from you. We want to interview and engage people you believe are leaders in this space. Submit your ideas here for speakers, topics, and more:

Past Conversations

Entrepreneurship in Iowa: Biochar and Climate

October 5th, 2021
Guest: Dr. Bernardo del Campo
President, Advanced Renewable Technology International (ARTi)

Carbon Opportunities in Iowa

Sept 7, 2021
Guest: Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
Crop and Livestock Family Farm in Northwest Iowa

A Farmer and Ethanol Producer’s Perspective on Carbon Sequestration

June 16th, 2021
Guest: Jill Euken, Board Member, Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy
Retired, Iowa State University

Teaching the Greenhouse Effect

June 2nd, 2021
Guest: Dr. Brian K Hornbuckle, Director of Graduate Education, Agricultural Meteorology Professor & Agronomy Advisory Council Faculty Member

Let’s Talk About Carbon Markets

May 21st, 2021
Guest: Dr. Chad Hart, Professor of Economics Crop Markets Specialist Extension Economist

Soil Carbon Management: Solutions and Opportunities

May 5th, 2021
Guest: Dr. Mahdi Al-Kaisi, Professor of Soil Management/Environment

Connecting Agricultural Carbon to Sustainable Development Goal

April 21st, 2021
Guest: Dr. Lois Wright Morton​​
Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Farmer, Board Member with Solutions from the Land

Fostering Sustainable ​Community Responses to ​Climate Change

April 7th, 2021
Guest: Dr. Bill Gutowski, Professor of Geology and ​Atmospheric Sciences & Chair of the University​ Sustainability Committee ​

Stay tuned for our next conversation!