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Data from University of Kansas Provide New Insights into Bioenergy (Factors affecting farmers' willingness to grow alternative biofuel feedstocks...

July 30, 2014

Data from University of Kansas Provide New Insights into Bioenergy (Factors affecting farmers' willingness to grow alternative biofuel feedstocks across Kansas)

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Biotech Week -- Data detailed on Bioenergy have been presented. According to news reporting originating from Lawrence, Kansas, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "Energy conservation has emerged as one of the biggest challenges of the world in the XXI century, and not different from many countries, the US has created plans and policies to stimulate renewable energy alternative. Among the important alternatives for energy conservation is the use of biomass energy."

Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from the University of Kansas, "Despite these stimuli production predictions are not confident that production would achieve the planned target for the U.S. Consequently, the predictions raise questions about farmer's willingness to grow bioenergy crops or produce alternative cellulosic feedstocks. In other words, farmers and landholders may not be willing to grow bioenergy crops. With this concerns in mind, the study advances previous research about bioenergy production by evaluating farmer's and landholder's willingness to produce different varieties of biofuel feedstocks. To achieve our goals, we used a mail survey of Kansas farmers conducted from January to April of 2011. The survey contained questions related to how farmers make their land-use decisions covering a wide array of topics."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Through this survey, we evaluate the effect of farm characteristics, farm management practices, farmer perceptions (such as risk aversion), physical variables (such as soil, weather, and the availability of water for irrigation) on farmers' willingness to produce value-added feedstocks (e.g., corn stover), dedicated annual bioenergy crops (e.g., energy sorghum), and dedicated perennial bioenergy crops (e.g., switchgrass) for biofuel production in Kansas, though the use of logistic regressions and marginal effects."

For more information on this research see: Factors affecting farmers' willingness to grow alternative biofuel feedstocks across Kansas. Biomass & Bioenergy, 2014;66():223-231. Biomass & Bioenergy can be contacted at: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, England. (Elsevier -; Biomass & Bioenergy -

The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting M.M. Caldas, University of Kansas, Dept. of Geog, Lawrence, KS 66045, United States. Additional authors for this research include J.S. Bergtold, J.M. Peterson, R.W. Graves, D. Earnhart, S. Gong, B. Lauer and J.C. Brown (see also Bioenergy).

Keywords for this news article include: Lawrence, Kansas, United States, North and Central America, Bioenergy, Bioengineering, Biofuel, Biotechnology, Energy, Oil and Gas

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