Project ID



In order for the biofuels industry to survive and succeed, it will need the cooperation of Iowa farmers to supply biomass. Farmers have concerns about production that need to be addressed in order to create a sustainable industry.

Key Question

Are farms capable and willing to meet the cellulosic feedstock needs of the emerging cellulosic biofuel industry?


A positive answer suggests strongly that farmers will have another income stream. A negative answer suggests that either industry requirements must be modified, farmer practices must be altered, or if it is a farmer risk issue, policy tools should be considered to move this renewable energy industry forward in a sustainable way.

Principal Investigator(s)

Richard M. Cruse


Jim Richardson, Carl Herndl, Mack Shelley, Elena Polush, Brent Shanks, Carl Roberst

Year of Grant Completion