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Growing Biomass Fuel Industry, Declining Local Forage Demands, and Changing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from US Agriculture: A Case Study
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
  • Paul W. Gallagher, Iowa State University
  • Jeremiah Richey, Iowa State University
Document Type
Conference Proceeding
Conference
World Renewable Energy Congress
Publication Version
Published Version
Publication Date
1-1-2011
DOI
10.3384/ecp11057343
Conference Title
2011 World Renewable Energy Congress
Conference Date
May 8-13, 2011
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(58.41080700000001, 15.621372699999938)
Abstract
This paper investigates the effect of a biomass crop introduction in a local market where field crops; cattle forage and biomass crops compete for the agricultural resources and determine land use. A simulation study for a State in the US (Minnesota) with extensive and diverse agricultural resources that could also support a biomass industry is reported. Local market impact on prices and land use is summarized. A local biofuel industry with 1.0 billion gallon capacity can transform declining local land values to stable or moderately increasing land values; partly because secular declines in cattle forage can be replaced with biofuel demands. The effects of greenhouse gas emissions and sinks are also estimated. The local agriculture sectors’ net greenhouse gas changes are converted from a net emission to a net sink position with a biofuels industry-we calculate an annual net improvement of 55 bil. Lbs CO2 –equivalent; due; in part; declining cattle emissions and favorable land use effects from expanding hay production.
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This is a proceeding from World Renewable Energy Congress (2011): 343, doi: 10.3384/ecp11057343. Posted with permission.

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Citation Information
Paul W. Gallagher and Jeremiah Richey. "Growing Biomass Fuel Industry, Declining Local Forage Demands, and Changing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from US Agriculture: A Case Study" Linköping, SwedenLinköping Electronic Conference Proceedings Iss. 057 (2011) p. 343 - 350
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/paul-gallagher/12/