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Unpublished Paper
Shaping a functional and sustainable biofuels industry through bridging industrial needs with farmer production capabilities
Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports
  • Richard M. Cruse, Iowa State University
  • James Richardson
  • Carl Herndl, Iowa State University
  • Mack C. Shelley, II, Iowa State University
  • Elena Yu Polush, Iowa State University
  • Brent H Shanks, Iowa State University
  • Carl Roberts, Iowa State University
Project ID
P2009-06
Abstract

In order for the biofuels industry to survive and succeed, it will need the cooperation of Iowa farmers to supply biomass. Farmers have concerns about production that need to be addressed in order to create a sustainable industry.

Key Question
Are farms capable and willing to meet the cellulosic feedstock needs of the emerging cellulosic biofuel industry?
Findings
A positive answer suggests strongly that farmers will have another income stream. A negative answer suggests that either industry requirements must be modified, farmer practices must be altered, or if it is a farmer risk issue, policy tools should be considered to move this renewable energy industry forward in a sustainable way.
Principal Investigator(s)
Richard M. Cruse
Co-Investigator(s)
Jim Richardson, Carl Herndl, Mack Shelley, Elena Polush, Brent Shanks, Carl Roberst
Year of Grant Completion
2010
Citation Information
Richard M. Cruse, James Richardson, Carl Herndl, Mack C. Shelley, et al.. "Shaping a functional and sustainable biofuels industry through bridging industrial needs with farmer production capabilities" (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/brent_shanks/37/