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Transition to a Bioeconomy: Risk, Infrastructure & Industry Evolution

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

This was the second conference in the 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 is 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 Energy Biosciences Institute


The  executive summary and  proceedings of the conference, as well as presentations made at the conference, are posted here.  Audio summaries and brief reports of each presentation are also available.


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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