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Current Prospects for Bioenergy Crop Production on Marginal Lands: Results from a Farm Survey in Southwestern Wisconsin


  • Mooney, Daniel

    (University of WI)

  • Barham, Brad

    (University of WI)

  • Lian, Chang

    (University of WI)

  • Ventura, Steve

    (University of WI)

  • Hunt, Natalie

    (University of WI)

  • Meehan, Tim

    (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, University of WI)

  • Jackson, Randy

    (University of WI)


This report describes initial findings from the 2011 Bioenergy Crop Production Study, a mail survey of active farmers in southwestern Wisconsin. Overall, the near-term prospects for widespread bioenergy crop production appear limited, primarily due to on-going commitments that these farms have to their integrated crop and livestock enterprises. However, spatial agglomerations or 'hotspots' of bioenergy crop production, and the lower logistical biomass collection costs that come with it, may arise in locations where attitudes towards bioenergy policy and environmental stewardship are favorable.

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  • Mooney, Daniel & Barham, Brad & Lian, Chang & Ventura, Steve & Hunt, Natalie & Meehan, Tim & Jackson, Randy, 2013. "Current Prospects for Bioenergy Crop Production on Marginal Lands: Results from a Farm Survey in Southwestern Wisconsin," Staff Paper Series 569, University of Wisconsin, Agricultural and Applied Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecl:wisagr:569

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