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Transition to a Bioeconomy: Risk, Infrastructure & Industry Evolution, 2008

June 24-25, 2008
Doubletree Marina Hotel, Berkeley, Calif.

This was the second conference in Farm Foundation’s Transition to a Bioeconomy series. The nation’s rapid transition to a bioeconomy has significant implications for agriculture, the food system, rural communities and the global economy.  This series of conferences was designed to inventory current knowledge, highlight lessons learned, identify future possibilities and determine future information needs.

Focused on risk and infrastructure, participants at the Berkeley conference examined such issues as finances, business models, and transportation infrastructure. This conference was a collaboration of Farm Foundation, USDA Office of Energy Policy and New Uses, USDA Economic Research Service, and the Energy Biosciences Institute.

The  executive summary and proceedings of the conference, as well as presentations made at the conference, are posted here.

The Evolving Bioeconomy Industry
New Relationships: Ethanol, Corn, and Gasoline Price Volatility
Michael Wetzstein, University of Georgia

The Distributional Effects of Biofuels
David Zilberman, University of California – Berkeley

Biofuels, the Rural Economy and Farm Structure
John Miranowski, Iowa State University

Risk and Uncertainty
Managing Risks Associated with Biofuels
Gordon Rausser, University of California – Berkeley

Risk and Uncertainty at the Farm Level
Jim Larson, University of Tennessee

Policy Risks and Consequences for the Biofuels Industry
Seth Meyer, FAPRI, University of Missouri

Managing Risk in the Bioeconomy
Paul Willems, BP

Selected Papers – Ownership, Site Selection and Economies of Scale
Bioenergy Ownership and Investment Models for Rural America
Tony Crooks, USDA Rural Development

Spatial Heterogeneity of Factors Determining Ethanol Production Site Selection, 2000-2007
Lance A. Stewart and Dayton M. Lambert, University of Tennessee

Spatial Optimization and Economies of Scale for Cellulose to Ethanol Facilities in Indiana
David Perkis, Purdue University

Selected Papers – Issues of Second Generation Biofuels
Economic Feasibility of Supplementing Corn Ethanol Feedstock with Fractioned Dry Peas:  A Risk Analysis
Abhishek Goel and Cole R. Gustafson, North Dakota State University

The Cellulosic Biorefinery:  Co-products and Required Infrastructure
Danielle J. Carrier, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville

The Economics of Biomass Collection and Transportation and its Supply to Indiana Cellulosic and Electric Utility Facilities
Sarah C. Brechbill, Purdue University

Infrastructure and Policy Issues in the Bioeconomy
Rural Policy for the 21st Century
Thomas Dorr, USDA Rural Development

Infrastructure for the Bioeconomy
Frank Dooley, Purdue University

Transportation Infrastructure for the Bioeconomy
Paul Hammes, Union Pacific

Legal Structures and Issues for the Bioeconomy
Mark J. Hanson, Stoel Rives LLP

Challenges and Opportunities of the Next Decade
Research and Education for the Bioeconomy
Gale Buchanan, USDA Research, Education and Economics

Integrating the BioPetroleum Sector
Paul F. Bryan, Chevron Technology Ventures

Financing the Bioeconomy
Chris Groobey, Baker & McKenzie, LLP

What We Know and What We Need to Know
Peggy Caswell, USDA Economic Research Service

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