C-CHANGE Conference 2020

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The renewable natural gas (RNG) component of biogas is the best-incentivized, fastest growing product in today’s bioeconomy. A value chain based on RNG, if done right, could foster new economic development in rural America while also alleviating concerns for energy security, greenhouse-gas emissions, soil health, climate resilience, water quality, flooding, and wildlife habitat in the Midwestern US and beyond.

This conference focuses on expanding the value chain for RNG by bringing together experts from agriculture, energy, government, science, and society to share knowledge and embark on an ambitious plan to remove barriers impeding the growth of this value chain.

What you’ll learn about

Anaerobic Digestion
Distribution & Markets
Societal Value

Who should attend?

Ag business personnel
College students and graduate students
Energy industry representatives
Farmers and farmland owners
Government officials
Representatives of agricultural, energy, and environmental NGOs

What are people saying about this conference?

“Developing a biogas industry centered around our agricultural resources is a key strategy of both Iowa’s Energy and Biomass Conversion Action Plans. Biogas projects simultaneously give rise to renewable energy, food production and water management accomplishments through a single investment, and this level of economic development in our state cannot be overlooked. The C-CHANGE Biogas Conference provides an opportunity to bring stakeholders together to build partnerships that can move the industry forward.”

– Debi Durham, Director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority and Iowa Finance Authority

“With renewable natural gas, we can create substantial new economic opportunity for
rural America, clean our air and water, and provide habitat for our native wildlife.”

– Rudi Roeslein, Founder and CEO of Roeslein Alternative Energy

“As a lifelong Iowan, I care deeply about soil health, clean water, and economic opportunity in rural Iowa.
By growing a vibrant biogas market through good policy, we can meet all three goals.”

– Bryan Sievers, Owner and Operator of Sievers Family Farms
and Founder, AgriReNew

“Meeting the food and nutrition needs of a world population of 10 billion people while maintaining and enhancing our natural resources is one of the single greatest challenges facing our global society in the 21st century. The work that C-CHANGE is spearheading – including the upcoming Conference on Agriculture, Technology and Innovation – is a shining example of the positive impacts Iowa State can make when the university brings together diverse disciplines and perspectives for a shared purpose of innovating better solutions to significant challenges.”

– Wendy Wintersteen, President, Iowa State University



Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

5:00 PM

Registration and Pre-dinner Mixer

6:00 PM

Welcome Dinner and Presentation

Lisa Schulte Moore, Iowa State University, Master of Ceremonies

Tom Richard, Penn State University, Speaker Introduction

Piero Gattoni, Farmer and President of the Italian Biogas Consortium, Keynote

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

7:30 AM


8:30 AM


Dan Robison, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Iowa State University

Morning Plenaries

Governor Kim Reynolds, State of Iowa (invited)

David Babson,  Director, US Department of Energy ARPA-E

Fred Petok, Energy Specialist, USDA Rural Development

10:00 AM

Coffee and Mingle Break

10:30 AM

Morning Plenaries Continued

Rudi Roeslein, Founder and CEO, Roeslein Alternative Energy

Tina May, Director of Sustainability, Land O’Lakes

11:30 AM

Q&A with Plenary Speakers

Moderated by Bryan Sievers, AgriReNew, Glenora Feed Yard, and Sievers Family Farms

12:00 PM


1:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions on Feedstock Production, Anaerobic Digestion, Policy and Financing — Presentations still being accepted: apply here.

2:30 PM

Coffee and Mingle Break

3:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions on Coproducts, Product Distribution and Markets, and Societal Value — Presentations still being accepted: apply here.

4:30 PM

Poster Session and Mixer — Poster presentations still being accepted: apply here.

Friday, March 27th, 2020

8:30 AM

Workshop Introduction

Why are we missing the boat on biogas?, Lisa Schulte Moore, Professor, Iowa State University

8:45 AM

Rapid Needs and Response Breakouts

Agroecosystems: How do we advance productive, profitable, and sustainable sources of herbaceous feedstocks?, Emily Heaton, Associate Professor, Iowa State University

Human Dimensions: How do we advance the new biobased value chain through stakeholder engagement?, J. Arbuckle, Professor, Iowa State University

Engineering Systems: How do we advance the AD of herbaceous feedstocks for the production of RNG and associated products?, Tom Richard, Professor, Penn State University

11:00 AM

Full Group Report Out

11:30 AM



Register by clicking the appropriate link below.

Participant Registration     Sponsor/Vendor Registration

Abstract Submission

Planning to present? Submit your abstract through the following link.

Submit Abstract


A block of rooms has been held at the Hilton Des Moines Downtown where the conference is being held. The hotel is located at 435 Park Street, Des Moines, Iowa and is 5 miles from DSM Airport.

Book Online

Or call 515.241.1456 and request the block of rooms held for Iowa State University C-Change Conference on Science for a Changing Agriculture.

The Hilton Des Moines Downtown features an onsite restaurant and bar, heated pool, and fitness center. Check-in starts at 3:00pm and check-out is 12:00pm. Self parking is $18 per day and $25 per day for valet. The hotel is connected to Des Moines Skywalk.

About C-CHANGE Conferences

This conference is first in a series hosted by C-CHANGE, the Consortium for Cultivating Human And Naturally reGenerative Enterprises, is a multisector partnership led by Iowa State University. Conference attire is business casual.

2020 C-CHANGE Conference Planning Team


  • Lisa Schulte Moore, Iowa State University — Lead
  • Bob Riley, Riley Resources Group
  • Bryan Sievers, AgriReNew, Glenora Feed Yard, and Sievers Family Farms
  • Emily Heaton, Iowa State University
  • Matt Carstens, Land O’Lakes
  • Rudi Roeslein, Roeslein and Associates and Roeslein Alternative Energy
  • Sean McMahon, Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance
  • Shelly Peterson, Iowa Economic Development Authority
  • Tom Richard, Penn State University


  • Ali Kraber, Iowa State University, Bioeconomy Institute
  • Bob Mills, Iowa State University, Bioeconomy Institute
  • Jennifer Vit, Iowa State University, Conference Planning and Management