BioFuels Research Initiatives and Extension: Synergizing Engagement with Stakeholders - Completed
This project identified factors associated with growers’ adoption of energy crops and consumers’ use of cellulosic biofuels. The group assessed growers’ knowledge of the production, marketing, and preferred policy incentives for energy crops; rural and urban consumer perceptions of the usefulness of cellulosic biofuels; potential barriers to the use and production of biofuels; and what information potential growers and consumers of biofuels need. The team disseminated the survey findings to stakeholders and developed connections among stakeholders that will enable them to share information, ideas, and perspectives, thus helping to develop a learning community among consumers, producers, and researchers.
We are building upon studies of Illinois farmers’ perceptions of Miscanthus. This study broadens that perspective to include energy crops generally among growers and consumers in the U.S. and Argentina and builds a communications network among researchers, producers and consumers. In 2010, the mail survey of Illinois farmers was completed, the questionnaire was sent to our partner in Argentina, focus group discussions were held with farmers from Argentina and Illinois, and development began on a consumer questionnaire.
Published in 2012
Producer Perceptions and Information Needs Regarding Their Adoption of Bioenergy Crops, Maria Villamil, Myles Alexander, Anne Heinze Silvis, Michael E. Gray, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 16(6), pp. 3604-3612, doi: 10.1016/j.rser.2012.03.033, August 2012.