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Biofuels for Farmers and Ranchers

Photo of a farmer in a cornfield.

Corn stover can now be used to make ethanol.

The following resources can provide you with more information on farming opportunities in the biofuels industry. From some of these resources, you can also learn how farms and ranches can benefit from using alternative fuel and flex-fuel vehicles. If you are unfamiliar with biofuels, see the introduction to biofuels.

Research and Commercial Opportunities

NREL Biomass Research: What is a Biorefinery?
Presents NREL's concept for integrating biomass conversion processes and equipment to produce fuels, power, and chemicals from biomass.

U.S. Department of Energy Biomass Program
Provides information on biofuels research and development, as well as the latest issues.

U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Feedstock Information Network
Covers current research in developing environmentally acceptable crops and cropping systems on farms for producing large quantities of low-cost, high-quality biomass feedstocks.

U.S. Department of Agriculture: Farm Service Agency Energy Programs
Provides assistance to biomass feedstock providers and producers of bioenergy from surplus sugar.

U.S. Department of Agriculture: Agricultural Research Service Sustainable Biofuels and Co-Products Research Program
Features information on agricultural research projects.

Vehicle Fuels

U.S. Department of Energy Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center
Provides information on alternative fuel vehicles and refueling sites across the country.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Renewable and Alternative Fuels
Features information on alternative fuels and vehicle emissions.

National Biodiesel Board
Provides information on using biodiesel in conventional diesel engines, including a list of biodiesel suppliers.

From Biomass to Biofuels: NREL Leads the Way

Research Advances Cellulosic Ethanol: NREL Leads the Way


U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Energy Programs
Financial assistance for biorefineries and producers of advanced biofuels, as well as a grant and loan program to help farmers, ranchers, and rural small businesses invest in energy-efficient and renewable energy technologies.

Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency
Provides information on state, local, utility, and selected federal incentives that promote renewable energy.

U.S. Department of Energy Financial Opportunities
Offers financial assistance opportunities for the development and demonstration of energy-efficient and renewable energy technologies.