November-December 2017 Newsletter


Kevin Keener accepts the award from Iowa State University Interim President Benjamin Allen.

2017 Year in Review

From an economic development award to a new feed processing class, the Center for Crops Utilization Research and the BioCentury Research Farm saw a great deal of success and new research activities during 2017. Here are some of our favorite highlights from the past year. Read More >>



Fuyuan Jin, founder and president of VariFAS, LLC, gave a presentation of his company's technology during the November affiliates meeting at CCUR.

A Panel of Entrepreneurs Presented at the November Affiliates Meeting

A panel of Iowa entrepreneurs shared their stories about bringing technology to the marketplace during the Center for Crops Utilization Research and the BioCentury Research Farm affiliates meeting Nov. 8. CCUR and BCRF hosted three presenters who talked about the innovation process and the challenges they faced in commercializing products. Read More >>



Presenting Captstone Project

BioCentury Research Farm Update

This fall the BioCentury Research Farm supported two capstone projects. The student teams were allowed to use space, tools and other equipment needed to complete their projects. Also, long-term bale storage studies have begun to determine the effects of outdoor weather conditions on individually wrapped round grass bales, and research on stover bale storage continues at the BCRF. Read More >>



Kevin Keener, director of CCUR and BCRF, (second from left) and Hui Wang, CCUR pilot plant manager, (third from left) visited South China University of Technology in November. The visit included tours of the university's research facilities. 

News Briefs

  • CCUR's Fermentation Facility featured in Biofuels Journal
  • CCUR and BCRF will exhibit at IRFA Summit
  • Keener and Wang visit South China University of Technology
  • SAFI-Tech and Gross-Wen Technologies receive IEDA innovation funding
  • Gross-Wen Technologies presented at I&E Showcase in Washington, D.C.
  • Hendrich retires after 30 years of service
  • Grants awarded to CCUR and BCRF affiliates
  • CCUR Visitors

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