USDA-AFRI Awards Office of Community Partnerships $350,000
The northwestern U.S. has great potential to develop a liquid biofuel industry that would provide economic and environmental benefits to communities and businesses in the region. The goal of this 3-year project is to explore the potential of a regional-scale, liquid biofuel industry that benefits rural communities—specifically those in the Northern Rocky Mountain forests in Idaho and the forested areas of eastern Washington and Oregon (see map
). The project will evaluate the economic and social impacts of bioenergy technologies as a development strategy in these areas.
The UI Office of Community Partnerships has gathered a team of researchers from the College of Business and Economics, the Dept. of Forest, Fire and Rangeland Sciences and the Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology. Over the next three years, the team will model scenarios and conduct economic impact assessments. Researchers will also gather input from regional stakeholders such as community residents, economic development professionals, timber industry representatives and elected officials to better understand the potential benefits, tradeoffs, and feasibility of different strategies. This information will contribute to the development of a regional liquid biofuels industry with maximum benefits and minimum tradeoffs. Results will also provide useful information for public and private decision-makers at the community, state, and regional levels.
For more information, please contact:
Soren Newman, Research Associate
Shoup Hall 312 (office)
875 Perimeter Dr. MS 2007 (mailing)
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2007
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative: Socioeconomic Impacts Of Wood-Based
Biofuels Development Strategies On Northern Rocky Mountain Communities In The Northwest
Grant # 2012-00948