Shaping a functional and sustainable biofuels industry through bridging industrial needs with farmer production capabilitiesLeopold Center Completed Grant Reports
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 QuestionAre farms capable and willing to meet the cellulosic feedstock needs of the emerging cellulosic biofuel industry?
FindingsA 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 Completion2010
Citation InformationRichard 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/