Campus Units

Economics, Supply Chain and Information Systems, Center for Crops Utilization Research

Document Type

Presentation

Conference

2012 ASABE Annual International Meeting

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2012

DOI

10.13031/2013.41772

Conference Title

2012 ASABE Annual International Meeting

Conference Date

July 29 – August 1, 2012

City

Dallas, Texas

Abstract

Opportunities for agricultural producers to provide lignocellulosic feedstocks to manufacturers of biobased products such as ethanol, butanol, and fine chemicals are emerging. When evaluating such biomass market opportunities, several factors must be considered (e.g., sustainability, possible harvest delays, labor availability, initial investment, risk). The primary objective of this study was to develop rigorous constructs defining the essential elements for producer participation in biomass markets. In this paper, we report the results and analysis of a mail survey of 2,250 Iowa producers farming 50 acres or more. The survey instrument was developed using relevant items to assess essential elements for producer participation in biomass markets. Semantic Differential Scales (rating from one to seven with polar opposites as scale anchors) were used and the Dillman Protocol was followed. Producers returned 885 surveys, 645 of which were complete, for a response rate of 28.7%. Exploratory factor analysis was used to analyze the survey data and group survey items into multi-item constructs.

Comments

This paper was written for presentation at the 2012 ASABE Annual International Meeting, Dallas, Texas, July 29-August 1, 2012. doi: 10.13031/2013.41772. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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