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Insuring Uncertainty In Value-Added Agriculture: Ethanol, Nicholas David Paulson Jan 2004

Insuring Uncertainty In Value-Added Agriculture: Ethanol, Nicholas David Paulson

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A wide variety of insurance products are currently available for agricultural producers to insure against yield or price risks in the markets for the raw commodities they produce. Value-added enterprises, such as ethanol production, have become increasingly popular among farmers over the last decade; however, insurance against declines in the value-added portion of their crops is not yet available. This paper outlines the development of an insurance product aimed at corn producers who are members of an ethanol production cooperative. The product mimics the gross margin level of a typical ethanol production facility, and has the potential to provide producers ...


The Economic Potential Of Switchgrass As A Viable Biofuel Alternative, Jennifer E. Reutzel Jan 2004

The Economic Potential Of Switchgrass As A Viable Biofuel Alternative, Jennifer E. Reutzel

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To be commercially viable as a bioenergy feedstock, switchgrass must be cost-competitive. Switchgrass production and delivery costs are calculated for the Chariton Valley Switchgrass Biomass Project located in the Chariton Valley, Iowa. Sensitivity analyses are performed to determine which variables have the greatest impact on cost. Switchgrass production costs would require higher than expected market prices, and therefore various incentive payment options are considered. The incentive payments attempt to encapsulate the positive environmental attributes from the production of switchgrass as well as using switchgrass as a clean energy coal substitute. A modified CRP payment, carbon payment, and green tag payment ...


Economic Feasibility Of Growing Herbaceous Biomass Energy Crops In Iowa , Young-Woo Park Jan 1996

Economic Feasibility Of Growing Herbaceous Biomass Energy Crops In Iowa , Young-Woo Park

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Depletion of natural energy resources and environmental degradation caused by current energy resources (fossil fuels) have rekindled interest in energy availability and developing environmentally benign and renewable alternative energy resources. In addition, the reduced productive capacity of soil and environmental problems in rural areas caused by the loss of topsoil has created interest in ways to conserve soil;These concerns have generated considerable attention on the production of herbaceous energy crops on marginal land as a possible solution to meeting future energy demands, addressing environmental concerns, and reducing soil erosion;This research suggests that herbaceous energy crops, especially switchgrass, can ...


An Economic Analysis Of Alternative Environmental And Resource Policies For Controlling Soil Loss And Sedimentation From Agriculture , David John Walker Jan 1977

An Economic Analysis Of Alternative Environmental And Resource Policies For Controlling Soil Loss And Sedimentation From Agriculture , David John Walker

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An Economic Analysis Of Field Crop Production, Insecticide Use And Soil Erosion In A Subbasin Of The Iowa River , Klaus Friedrich Alt Jan 1976

An Economic Analysis Of Field Crop Production, Insecticide Use And Soil Erosion In A Subbasin Of The Iowa River , Klaus Friedrich Alt

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A National Model Of Energy Use In Agricultural Production , Dan Dvoskin Jan 1976

A National Model Of Energy Use In Agricultural Production , Dan Dvoskin

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Impact Of Water Right Constraints On The Regional Allocation Of Agricultural Production , William Arden Colette Jan 1975

Impact Of Water Right Constraints On The Regional Allocation Of Agricultural Production , William Arden Colette

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Stream Sediment Movement, Water Quality And Agricultrual Production: A Modeling Approach To Economic And Environmental Analysis , James Carl Wade Jan 1975

Stream Sediment Movement, Water Quality And Agricultrual Production: A Modeling Approach To Economic And Environmental Analysis , James Carl Wade

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