Bioenergy: Impacts and Policy
October 2007 - 2011
PATS is examining the impacts of current and future bioenergy production on agricultural producers, land use, communities, and the environment. We are involved in research and outreach on various elements of bioenergy production, including: land use impacts, community involvement in citing decisions, and economic and environmental impacts of various bioenergy systems.
Most recently (May of 2009), PATS co-director Brad Barham began a research and outreach project to analyze the potential economic and environmental implications of expanded biomass production for heat and electricity generation in southern/southwestern Wisconsin. The research aims to understand the ecosystem impacts of biomass production on marginal agricultural lands, and to provide policymakers with the information they need to create policy that balances environmental and production goals and rewards land managers for sustainable production choices. Other members of the interdisciplinary team include Randy Fortenbery of Agricultural and Applied Economics; Randy Jackson of Agronomy; and Steve Ventura of Soil Science.
How Could Small Scale Distributed Energy Benefit Wisconsin Agriculture and Rural Communities?
Progress or Devastation? The Effects of Ethanol Plant Location on Local Land Use
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