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Economic Competitiveness Of Bioenergy Production And Effects On Agriculture Of The Southern Region

Burton C. English, Daniel G. De La Torre Ugarte, Marie E. Walsh, Chad Hellwinkel, Jamey Menard

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The economic competitiveness of biobased industries is discussed by comparing the South relative to other regions of the United States and biomass as a feedstock source relative to fossil fuels such as coal and petroleum. An estimate of the biomass resource base is provided. Estimated changes in the agricultural sector over time resulting from the development of a large-scale biobased industry are reported, and a study on the potential to produce electricity from biomass compared with coal in the southern United States is reviewed. A biobased industry can increase net farm income and enhance economic development and job creation.