BioEnergy Research

, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp 876–884 | Cite as

Farmers’ Willingness to Produce Alternative Cellulosic Biofuel Feedstocks Under Contract in Kansas Using Stated Choice Experiments

  • Jason S. BergtoldEmail author
  • Jason Fewell
  • Jeffery Williams


Many studies have assessed the technical feasibility of producing bioenergy crops on agricultural lands. However, while it is possible to produce large quantities of agricultural biomass for bioenergy from lignocellulosic feedstocks, very few of these studies have assessed farmers’ willingness to produce these crops under different contracting arrangements. The purpose of this paper is to examine farmers’ willingness to produce alternative cellulosic biofuel feedstocks under different contractual, market, and harvesting arrangements. This is accomplished by using enumerated field surveys in Kansas with stated choice experiments eliciting farmers’ willingness to produce corn stover, sweet sorghum, and switchgrass under different contractual conditions. Using a random utility framework to model the farmers’ decisions, the paper examines the contractual attributes that will most likely increase the likelihood of feedstock enterprise adoption. Results indicate that net returns above the next best alternative use of the land, contract length, cost share, financial incentives, insurance, and custom harvest options are all important contract attributes. Farmers’ willingness to adopt and their willingness-to-pay for alternative contract attributes vary by region and choice of feedstock.


Adoption Contract Corn stover Sweet sorghum Switchgrass Willingness-to-pay 



The funding for the primary portion of this project came from the South Central Sun Grant Initiative and Department of Transportation (Award No. DTOS59-07-G-00053), with additional funds from the National Science Foundation, EPSCoR Division, Research Infrastructure Improvement (Award No. 0903806), and a National Science Foundation Grant From Crops to Commuting: Integrating the Social, Technological, and Agricultural Aspects of Renewable and Sustainable Biorefining (I-STAR; Award No. DGE-0903701).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jason S. Bergtold
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jason Fewell
    • 2
  • Jeffery Williams
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Agricultural EconomicsKansas State UniversityManhattanUSA
  2. 2.Department of Agricultural and Resource EconomicsUniversity of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA
  3. 3.Department of Agricultural EconomicsKansas State UniversityManhattanUSA

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