Reference Type: Electronic Resource
Title: The impact of biofuel production on crop production in the southern plains
Primary Authors: Kenkel,Phil,;Ragen,Holly;Oklahoma State University. Dept. of Agricultural Economics.;Biofuels, Food,and Feed Tradeoffs
Published: 2007, Dept. of Agricultural Economics, Stillwater, Okla.
Abstract: Concern over high petroleum prices, unstable supply, geopolitical issues and environmental issues have all influenced interest in biofuel production. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 includes a provision designed to double the production and use of ethanol in fuels by 2012. The 2005 Act also provides that beginning in 2013, a minimum of 250 million gallons per year of ethanol be produced from cellulosic sources such as corn stover, wheat straw, and switchgrass. Goals for renewable fuels and a number of other incentives at the state level have also attributed to the interest in biofuel production. These factors have risen at a time of significantly low agricultural commodity prices, and have led to a relatively quick expansion in the interest and production of biofuels (Ugarte et. al.). The production of grain-based ethanol, encouraged by a variety of federal and state incentives appears likely to meet or surpass the goals provided in the Energy Policy Act. Cellulose-based ethanol production has not reached commercialization, making it difficult to predict progress toward the 2013 goal of 250 million gallons. The biofuels industry must bid agricultural resources away from current uses. Biofuel production will have major impacts on U.S. land use and the agricultural economies.
Ag Matters Catalog ID: 133