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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: ECOLOGICALLY-BASED SOIL MANAGEMENT FOR SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE AND RESOURCE CONSERVATION Title: A Landscape Vision for Sustainable Bioenergy Feedstock Production

Authors
item Karlen, Douglas
item Birrell, Stuart - IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY
item Laird, David
item Cruse, Richard - IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: August 21, 2008
Publication Date: August 21, 2008
Citation: Karlen, D.L., Birrell, S.J., Laird, D.A., Cruse, R.M. 2008. A Landscape Vision for Sustainable Bioenergy Feedstock Production [abstract]. In: C.J. Hapeman (ed.) Chemistry for and from Agriculture Program v. 75 and Abstracts of the American Chemical Society, 236th National Meeting and Exposition, August 178-21, 2008, Philadelphia, PA.

Technical Abstract: Feedstock production for biofuel and other bioproducts is poised to rejuvenate rural economies, but may lead to long-term degradation of soil resources or other adverse and unintended environmental consequences if the practices are not developed in a sustainable manner. This presentation will examine several of the initial assumptions regarding biomass production, discuss the multi-location research being conducted by the ARS Renewable Energy Assessment Project (REAP) team to develop sustainable crop residue harvest strategies, and present a vision for lignocellulosic feedstock production that simultaneously addresses water quality, carbon sequestration, wildlife habitat, aesthetics, recreation, community development and other issues. Our vision is for a landscape management plan that utilizes a variety of plant species, conversion technologies, and co-product utilization in an integrated system rather than trying to satisfy our nation's energy appetite with current practices or single "one-size-fits-all" solutions.

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