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2009

Iowa State University

Ethanol

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Ethanol In The Media Agenda: The Life Cycle Of An Issue In Different Geographic Areas, Shoshana Esther Hebshi Jan 2009

Ethanol In The Media Agenda: The Life Cycle Of An Issue In Different Geographic Areas, Shoshana Esther Hebshi

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The rise of ethanol as a fuel alternative has come with much controversy over its true benefits. Much of this debate has been played out in the media. This study aims to determine patterns in media coverage of ethanol through a content analysis of reports published from 1999 to 2008 in three newspapers whose respective service areas exhibit different dispositions about the topic--the Des Moines Register, the Houston Chronicle and the Fresno Bee. The study also aimed to expand on the attributes of coverage within each identified phase of the coverage cycle

The study found only one cycle of pre-hoopla ...


Three Essays Concerning Agriculture And Energy, Mindy Lyn Baker Jan 2009

Three Essays Concerning Agriculture And Energy, Mindy Lyn Baker

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation consists of three papers, each regarding a particular aspect of the relationship between energy and agriculture. The objective of the first paper is to create a model that will enhance informed policy decisions regarding the bioeconomy. A forward-looking stochastic model captures the effect of uncertainty in crude oil prices and commodity yields on biofuel industry development. Acreage limitations on feedstocks such as corn, soybeans, and switchgrass are shown to create competition for acreage among the crops. Investors in the model are rational in the sense that they engage in biofuel production only if returns exceed what they expect ...