Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

1996

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Economics

First Advisor

Arne Hallam

Abstract

Depletion of natural energy resources and environmental degradation caused by current energy resources (fossil fuels) have rekindled interest in energy availability and developing environmentally benign and renewable alternative energy resources. In addition, the reduced productive capacity of soil and environmental problems in rural areas caused by the loss of topsoil has created interest in ways to conserve soil;These concerns have generated considerable attention on the production of herbaceous energy crops on marginal land as a possible solution to meeting future energy demands, addressing environmental concerns, and reducing soil erosion;This research suggests that herbaceous energy crops, especially switchgrass, can be grown productively with minimal erosion, and produced at costs only somewhat higher than fossil fuels. They also have good soil conservation properties on the marginal land in Iowa.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-10584

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Young-Woo Park

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI9712587

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

275 pages

Share

COinS