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October 17, 2007

October 17, 2007 - Biofuel resources at the library

Biofuel resources at the library

"Ethanol production in the United States totaled almost 5 billion gallons in 2006, about 1 billion gallons more than in 2005. Expansion in the industry is continuing, with production expected to exceed 10 billion gallons by 2009.
topicEthanol_plants.gif (image from MN Dept. of Ag)

This large and rapid expansion of U.S. ethanol production affects virtually every aspect of the field crops sector, ranging from domestic demand and exports to prices and the allocation of acreage among crops. Many aspects of the livestock sector are affected too. As a consequence of these commodity market impacts, farm income, government payments, and food prices also change." - quoted from Gerry McKiernan Science and Technology Librarian Iowa

If you'd like to learn more about Ethanol, there are many state, regional and federal informational resources at your disposal.

Blogs:
http://bioeconomyblog.blogspot.com/
http://thebioenergyblog.blogspot.com/

Minnesota State Agencies:
http://www.mda.state.mn.us/renewable/ethanol/default.htm
http://www.mda.state.mn.us/renewable/default.htm

Ethanol programs, a program evaluation report. From the Office of the Legislative Auditor, State of Minnesota. Find it at Wilson library Gov Pub collection Quarto HD9502.5.A433 M6x 1997 or online at http://www.auditor.leg.state.mn.us/pe9704.htm

Minnesota ethanol production and it’s transportation requirements from Dept. of Applied Economics, College of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Sciences, University of Minnesota, 1996. You can find this document at Magrath Library, MN 3150 SP96-7

Economic impact of the ethanol industry in Minnesota, present situations and future opportunities. From Market Development and Promotion Division, Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture, 1996. You can get this document at Magrath library, MN 7080 MISC-1996 or Wilson Gov Pub library, Quarto HD9502.5.A433 M6x 1996

Many more documents and resources from Minnesota and the regions other states are available from Magrath and Wilson library's government publications collections. Talk to a reference librarian today!

Federal Agencies:
Ethanol expansion in the United States, how will the agricultural sector adjust ? from the USDA Economic Research Service, 2007.
You can find it at Magrath Library, A 93.2:FDS-07D-01 x or you can view it online at
http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/FDS/2007/05May/FDS07D01/

The Role of information technology in the fuel ethanol industry from U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Rural Development, 2006.
You can find it at Magrath Library, A 109.10:209

Fuel ethanol, background and public policy issues from U.S. Library of Congress, Congressional Research Service, 2006. Find it at Magrath Library
LC 14.2:F 8/15 x or online at http://ncseonline.org/NLE/CRSreports/06Apr/RL33290.pdf

Other federal agencies have extensive online resources available for you to browse.
USDA
http://www.usda.gov/oce/reports/energy/index.htm
http://www.ers.usda.gov/Browse/FarmEconomy/Bioenergy.htm
http://www.ers.usda.gov/Briefing/Bioenergy/readings.htm

National Renewable Energy Lab
http://www.nrel.gov/

U.S. Dept. of Energy
http://www.eere.energy.gov/

These sources for information are just the beginning. Visit your Government Publications Library today.