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Estimating Agricultural Impacts of Expanded Ethanol Production: Policy Implications for Water Demand and Quality

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  • Torre Ugarte, Daniel de la
  • He, Lixia
  • Jensen, Kimberly L.
  • English, Burton C.
  • Willis, Kaelin

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Feedstock production for large scale development of the U.S. ethanol industry and introduction of cellulose–to-ethanol technology will require extensive changes in land use and impact water demand and quality. This study compares two scenarios: attaining a 60 billion gallon per year target of ethanol by 2030 and a billion gallon per year biodiesel target by 2012 with cellulose-to-ethanol technology introduced in 2012 and also delayed until 2015. Results suggest water demands and quality will vary regionally with cellulosic feedstock production. Policy emphasis on reduced and no-till practices needs to be complementary to increased crop residue use.

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Paper provided by American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association) in its series 2008 Annual Meeting, July 27-29, 2008, Orlando, Florida with number 6700.

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Handle: RePEc:ags:aaea08:6700

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Keywords: Agricultural and Food Policy; Resource /Energy Economics and Policy;

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