The study assessed the willingness of small and medium-sized farmers to produce alternative biofuel crops in Louisiana and Mississippi. Data were collected from a random sample of 304 participants. The results revealed that the majority of the respondents were males, African Americans, over 50 years, part-time farmers, and a third earned less than $1,000 per year from farming. Most of the respondents (75%) indicated an interest in alternative fuel development, and 72% do not use alternative fuels in their operations. Also, a majority of respondents (83%) indicated that they would like to learn more about opportunities for alternative fuel development; 90% were in favor of alternative fuel development, and 87% were in favor of using alternative fuel on-farm. These results will be used to develop outreach programs to increase adoption of alternative crops in Louisiana and Mississippi; thus, increasing the potential for profitability for small and medium-sized farmers.
Johnson, Andra and Butler, Charles
"Assessing Small and Medium-Sized Farmers' Willingness to Produce Alternative Biofuel Feedstocks,"
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