The Economics of Switchgrass for Biofuel

The profitable production of switchgrass for biofuel  today depends  primarily on the price of oil, as well as the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

Sponsoring Partner

Funded by AFRI. Learn More.

Table of Contents


In the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) legislation passed …

Economics of Small-Scale Biodiesel Production

Table of Contents

Economics of Small-Scale Biodiesel Production

Canola or rapeseed oil crop. Photo: eXtension Ag Energy.


Small-scale biodiesel production economics can vary substantially depending on an individual producer’s choice of feedstock, equipment, market, and the …

Budgeting Methods for Comparing a Biomass Energy Crop to an Existing Crop

Trying to decide if it makes sense to grow biomass energy crops to get into the expanding market? This article shows farmers how to compare the costs of crop production using enterprise budgets.



Demand for biomass renewable energy feedstocks is expanding. Biomass feedstocks can be converted to biofuels, Bioproducts or co-fired with coal electrical generation plants to meet impending carbon regulations and/or generate carbon credits. Co-firing with biomass also generates renewable energy credits …

Economics of Anaerobic Digesters for Processing Animal Manure

Digesters are of interest with regards to climate change, energy, air quality, and water quality. However, digesters are capital-intensive and difficult to maintain. Profitability of a farm-based digester usually requires utilizing the energy, carbon credits, tipping fees, and marketing other co-products such as manure solids that are separated out and composted.

Terminology and Types of Digesters

Anaerobic digestion is the process in which microbes in the absence of oxygen convert volatile acids in livestock manure into …