This study estimates the net economic impacts of short-rotation poplar for bio-jet fuel production in California, Washington, and Oregon. Regional impacts such as potential biofuel output and employment opportunities are explored as well as poplar production, displacement of existing crops, handling and transportation of poplar, biorefinery construction and operation. We employed a suite of models including a Statewide Agricultural Production (SWAP) model, which a hydro-economic model for crop adoption, a Geospatial Bioenergy Systems Model (GBSM) to identify the optimal location of the biorefinery facility in each State, and IMPLAN, an input-output model of the regional economies to conduct the economic impact analysis. Results indicate the poplar production has the potential to replace some incumbent crops in the study areas at sufficiently high prices with net benefits in local employment, value added (gross domestic product), and output.
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Policy makers, bio-industry representatives, academic researchers and community leaders
Presenters: Nathan Parker, Boon-Ling Yeo, and Josue Medelin-Azuara from the University of California Davis
Sponsored by: Washington State University Extension with funding from Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Competitive Grant no. 2011-68005-30407 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
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