Bioenergy: Pointing to the Future


Task Force Co-chair

Roger Conway
Don Erbach

Task Force Author(s)

Marvin Duncan
Paul Gallagher
Philip Shane
Peter Smith
M. Tumbleson

Task Force Reviewers

Charles Peterson
John Sheehan
Marie Walsh

Task Force Board Liaison

Edward C. Runge
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Composed of five stand-alone pieces, this issue paper highlights the current science, processes, and potentials for energy production through agriculture, and outlines future research needs.Among the topics addressed in this introduction to the subject of bioenergy are the economics and rural development of bioenergy, environmental and natural resource effects, technology and research, and the need for a systems approach.Public policy considerations such as long-term societal issues and acceptable risk also are discussed. Cochairs: Roger K. Conway, USDA-OEPNU, Washington, D.C., and Don Erbach. USDA-ARS, Beltsville, Maryland. IP 27, November 2004, FREE. Available online ( AND in print (515-292-2125; fee for shipping/handling).


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