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Midwest vision for sustainable fuel production
  • Kenneth J. Moore, Iowa State University
  • Stuart J. Birrell, Iowa State University
  • Robert C. Brown, Iowa State University
  • Michael D. Caster, United States Department of Agriculture
  • Jill E. Euken, Iowa State University
  • H. Mark Hanna, Iowa State University
  • Dermot J. Hayes, Iowa State University
  • Jason D. Hill, Iowa State University
  • Keri L. Jacobs, Iowa State University
  • Catherine L. Kling, Iowa State University
  • David A. Laird, Iowa State University
  • Robert B. Mitchell, United States Department of Agriculture
  • Patrick T. Murphy, Purdue University
  • D. Raj Raman, Iowa State University
  • Charles V. Schwab, Iowa State University
  • Kevin J. Shinners, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Kenneth P. Vogel, United States Department of Agriculture
  • Jeffrey J. Volenic, Purdue University
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This article charts the progress of CenUSA Bioenergy, a USDA-NIFA-AFRI coordinated agricultural project focused on the North Central region of the US. CenUSA’s vision is to develop a regional system for producing fuels and other products from perennial grass crops grown on marginally productive land or land that is otherwise unsuitable for annual cropping. This article focuses on contributions CenUSA has made to nine primary systems needed to make this vision a reality: feedstock improvement; feedstock production on marginal land; feedstock logistics; modeling system performance; feedstock conversion into biofuels and other products; marketing; health and safety; education, and outreach. The final section, Future Perspectives, sets forth a roadmap of additional research, technology development and education required to realize commercialization.

This articles was published in Biofuels 5 (2014): 687–702, doi:10.1080/17597269.2015.1015312.

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Kenneth J. Moore, Stuart J. Birrell, Robert C. Brown, Michael D. Caster, et al.. "Midwest vision for sustainable fuel production" Biofuels Vol. 5 Iss. 6 (2014) p. 687 - 702
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