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WEI Webinar: Advancing Wisconsin’s Rural Bioeconomy
October 21 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wisconsin’s agricultural expertise and abundant natural resources offer fertile ground for building an enhanced rural bioeconomy that is sustainable, resilient, and — by utilizing waste streams as feedstocks for new products — circular. Join the UW Wisconsin Energy Institute’s webinar to learn and discuss how. The program will include a panel discussion on perspectives on the bioeconomy, rural economic development, and the potential impact for Wisconsin; and how the Oneida Nation is leveraging bio-based products to bolster their economy, among other topics.
This emerging economic model based on utilization of renewable organic material has the potential to accelerate rural economic development in many ways. New technologies could transform local, renewable waste materials and non-food crops into new revenue streams for farmers and producers. Existing industries could access new markets with novel bio-based or biodegradable materials, growing their economic impact and job base. And converting organic materials into valuable products would keep excess nutrients off the landscape and out of our waterways, improving water quality and aquatic ecosystems.