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Feed demands and coproduct substitution in the biofuel era

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  • Jayson Beckman
  • R. Keeney
  • W. Tyner

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The use of traditional feedstocks for biofuel production has brought about large changes to food and agricultural systems. As livestock producers adapt to rising feed costs, the prospect of incorporating dried distiller's grain with solubles (DDGS) at higher than traditional levels becomes an important consideration. Given prices for feedstuffs and supplies of DDGS that are outside the historical data range, forward-looking analyses of the agricultural economy (even those with explicit derived demands for livestock feed) are poorly equipped to represent the farm‐ and sector‐level tradeoffs that will emerge. The authors' results indicate that DDGS demands are more responsive to price changes in energy‐oriented feeds than protein, despite the predominant historic feeding use of DDGS as a protein supplement. They extend their empirical analysis to account for the role of heterogeneous DDGS feed quality, identifying this as a critical consideration for sector‐level substitution patterns. The price elasticities they report from their two‐stage farm‐level feed mix simulation and sector‐level cost function estimation offer a robust picture of feedstuffs substitution of the type necessary for understanding the livestock component of demand response in the biofuels era. [EconLit citations: D20; C61; C13]. (C) 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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  • Jayson Beckman & R. Keeney & W. Tyner, 2011. "Feed demands and coproduct substitution in the biofuel era," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 27(1), pages 1-18, Winter.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:agribz:v:27:y:2011:i:1:p:1-18
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    1. Beckman, Jayson F. & Borchers, Allison & Jones, Carol, 2013. "Agriculture's Supply and Demand for Energy and Energy Products," Economic Information Bulletin 149033, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
    2. Gohin, Alexandre, 2017. "On the direct, indirect and induced impacts of public policies: The European biofuel case," Working Papers 264955, Institut National de la recherche Agronomique (INRA), Departement Sciences Sociales, Agriculture et Alimentation, Espace et Environnement (SAE2).
    3. Alexandre Gohin, 2017. "On the direct, indirect and induced impacts of public policies: The European biofuel case," Working Papers SMART - LERECO 17-09, INRAE UMR SMART-LERECO.
    4. Mojović, Ljiljana & Pejin, Dušanka & Rakin, Marica & Pejin, Jelena & Nikolić, Svetlana & Djukić-Vuković, Aleksandra, 2012. "How to improve the economy of bioethanol production in Serbia," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, vol. 16(8), pages 6040-6047.
    5. Othman Alqaisi & Oghaiki Asaah Ndambi & Ryan Blake Williams, 2017. "Time series livestock diet optimization: cost-effective broiler feed substitution using the commodity price spread approach," Agricultural and Food Economics, Springer;Italian Society of Agricultural Economics (SIDEA), vol. 5(1), pages 1-19, December.
    6. Troy G. Schmitz, 2018. "Impact of the Chinese embargo against MIR162 corn on Canadian corn producers," Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics/Revue canadienne d'agroeconomie, Canadian Agricultural Economics Society/Societe canadienne d'agroeconomie, vol. 66(4), pages 571-586, December.
    7. Johnson, Matthew & Yu, T. Edward & Griffith, Andrew P. & Jensen, Kimberly L. & Cho, Seong-Hoon, 2015. "Regional Dynamic Price Relationships between Distillers Dried Grains and Feed Grains," 2015 Annual Meeting, January 31-February 3, 2015, Atlanta, Georgia 196900, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
    8. Jayson Beckman & Steven Zahniser, 2018. "The effects on intraregional agricultural trade of ending NAFTA's market access provisions," Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics/Revue canadienne d'agroeconomie, Canadian Agricultural Economics Society/Societe canadienne d'agroeconomie, vol. 66(4), pages 599-612, December.

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