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Bioproducts for Farmers and Ranchers

Photo of a farmer plowing his field.

Many crops also can be grown and sold for use in the bioproducts industry.

The following resources provide information on agricultural opportunities for farmers in the development of bioproducts or biobased products. If you are unfamiliar with these technologies, see the introduction to bioproducts.

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.

Federal Biomass Research & Development Initiative
This collaboration between the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Agriculture addresses the development of feedstocks, biofuels, and biobased products, as well as biofuels development analysis.

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.

Agriculture—Industry of the Future

Association for the Advancement of Industrial Crops
Has information on its efforts to promote the use of bioproducts.

U.S. Department of Agriculture: National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research
Provides information on its efforts to find new uses and markets for U.S. agricultural commodities.

Financing

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.

U.S. Department of Energy Financial Opportunities
Offers financial assistance opportunities for the development and demonstration of 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.