Campus Units

Community and Regional Planning

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2009

Journal or Book Title

Journal of Rural and Community Development

Volume

4

Issue

1

First Page

15

Last Page

33

Abstract

The bioeconomy is changing the landscape of some U.S. Corn Belt states. Not surprisingly, Iowans are experiencing significant effects from the developing ethanol industry, and many, including Greene County residents, are becoming more aware of bioeconomic trends. Knowing that positive and negative impacts arise as bioeconomic initiatives evolve in Iowa, this case study addresses the following central question: What should Greene County do to minimize the potentially negative impacts and maximize the positive prospects of the bioeconomy? The phases of the study were: (1) analyze current conditions with respect to feedstock potential and transportation; (2) determine residents’ opinions about topics related to the bioeconomy, such as environment, water resources, and livestock; and (3) assess potential impacts and make recommendations. Geographic information systems (GIS) technology was used in part to address these phases. This study represents a replicable first step for analyzing growth of the bioeconomy in a rural Midwest county.

Comments

This article is published as Haddad, M., Anderson, P., Thol, S., Hertel, C., & Schmidt, B. (2009). Assessing the Future of the Bioeconomy in Greene County, Iowa. Journal of Rural and Community Development, 4(1); 15-33. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

Journal of Rural and Community Development

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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