Iowa’s First Solar-Powered Radio Station to Broadcast the Latest Buzz on Biofuels, Featuring BioCentury Research Farm Director Larry Johnson


July 6, 2011

Contact: James Moore, Station Manager, KRUU-FM Radio

Phone: 641.233.1617



Fairfield, IA, July 6, 2011—On Thursday, July 7 at 7pm, KRUU-FM—the first solar-powered radio station in the Midwest—will broadcast an interview with Larry Johnson, Director of BioCentury Research Farm in Boone, Iowa, as the sixth installment in KRUU’s 20-part “Dream Green” radio series. Co-hosts Stuart Tanner and James Moore take a walking tour of the facility and discuss driving developments in biofuels. (Shows are rebroadcast Mondays at 7am, online at Archives and transcripts available at


“In Iowa, 60% of the corn crop goes to produce ethanol. This is quite a staggering statistic and helps explain why the price of corn has gone up so much,” says “Dream Green” co-host Stuart Tanner. “This is great for agriculture, but not everyone is convinced of the virtues of making ethanol from corn. In this week’s program, Larry Johnson offers clear insight into the different sides of the argument. BioCentury Farm is playing a leading role in creating a viable future for biorefineries through biofuels and other beneficial products in the same way that oil refineries make petroleum and associated products—but using source materials that offer a more sustainable and less polluting future.”


Located west of Ames on Highway 30, the BioCentury Research Farm is leading the state—and the nation—in renewable fuel research. The state-of-the-art facility provides researchers with the opportunity to integrate harvesting, transportation, storage, and processing, while offering facilities for outreach programming and industry collaboration.


Johnson headed Iowa State University's Center for Crops Utilization Research for 20 years before taking over at BioCentury. He holds 12 patents—alone and with other researchers—on food and industrial technologies. In 2009, he shared the ISU College of Ag and Life Sciences Team Award for leading a group that developed new and environmentally-friendly technologies that use water and enzymes to extract oil for food or biodiesel uses.


“It’s collaborative science being done at BioCentury, a cutting edge facility playing a critical role in the field of biorenewable energy,” said “Dream Green” co-host James Moore. “That’s what the ‘Dream Green’ series is about after all—giving Iowans a who’s who of what’s what in terms of all the good green stuff.”


Backed by a partial grant from the Iowa Power Fund, KRUU-FM’s “Dream Green” series showcases Iowa’s statewide sustainable efforts. Each hour-long broadcast highlights best practices and success stories by Iowa innovators in the field of renewable energy. The series is created and produced by solar-powered KRUU-FMs popular hosts of the “Tanner & Moore” show, Stuart Tanner and James Moore.


Tune in online at this Thursday at 7pm (rebroadcast Monday, July 11 at 7am) to learn more about the beauty of biofuels and the exciting biorenewable energy industry. Next week Tanner and Moore travel to Ames to speak with Fred Kirschenmann of the Leopold Center, Matt Helmers for a look at prairie grass and biomass, and the ISU’s “Hort” Farm. Follow the journey of discovery across the state at Archives and transcripts available.



Funded with a partial grant from the Iowa Power Fund and nearly 70 individuals, businesses and organizations, the Dream Green series is being released under a Creative Commons license. City administrators, radio stations, schools, and organizations involved in energy efficiency and sustainable practices are being offered free use of the series.


Stuart Tanner is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has appeared on BBC, Channel 4, and National Geographic. He is co-chair of the Media & Communications Dept at Maharishi University of Management.


James Moore is co-founder and executive director of KRUU since its inception in 2006. A published poet and gifted musician, he serves on adjunct faculty at MUM where he teaches Radio & Web Broadcasting.


KRUU became the Midwest's first solar-powered radio station on September 9, 2009. “A business on the forefront of sustainability,” wrote then Governor Chet Culver. “With this project, KRUU-LP is contributing to a greener, safer Iowa.” Features 80 locally-produced weekly programs broadcasting to the greater Fairfield area and streaming online at