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Land Use Implications of Expanding Biofuel Demand

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  • Dicks, Michael R.
  • Campiche, Jody
  • Ugarte, Daniel De La Torre
  • Hellwinckel, Chad
  • Bryant, Henry L.
  • Richardson, James W.

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The Renewable Fuel Standard mandates in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 will require 36 billion gallons of ethanol to be produced in 2022. The mandates require that 16 of the 36 billion gallons must be produced from cellulosic feedstocks. The potential land use implications resulting from these mandates were examined using two methods, the POLYSYS model and a general equilibrium model. Results of the POLYSYS analysis indicated that 72.1 million tons of corn stover, 23.5 million tons of wheat straw, and 24.7 million acres would be used to produce 109 million tons of switchgrass in 2025 to meet the mandate. Results of the CGE analysis indicated that 10.9 billion bushels of corn grain, 71 million tons of corn stover, and 56,200 tons of switchgrass is needed to meet the mandate.
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  • Dicks, Michael R. & Campiche, Jody & Ugarte, Daniel De La Torre & Hellwinckel, Chad & Bryant, Henry L. & Richardson, James W., 2009. "Land Use Implications of Expanding Biofuel Demand," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 41(02), pages 435-453, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:jagaec:v:41:y:2009:i:02:p:435-453_00
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    JEL classification:

    • Q15 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Land Ownership and Tenure; Land Reform; Land Use; Irrigation; Agriculture and Environment
    • Q42 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Alternative Energy Sources

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