Agriculture's Supply and Demand for Energy and Energy Products

35 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2013

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Jayson Beckman

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS)

Allison Borchers

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS)

Carol Adaire Jones

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS)

Date Written: May 1, 2013

Abstract

Rising energy prices and changing energy and environmental policies have transformed the relationship between the energy and agriculture sectors. Traditionally, the relationship has been one-way, with agriculture using energy products as an input in production; during the past decade, however, the energy sector’s use of agricultural products as renewable-fuel feedstocks has increased substantially. This report examines both sector and farm-level responses to changing market and policy drivers such as the increased production of biofuel crops and other sources of renewable energy, together with changes in production practices to economize on energy-based inputs like fertilizer. We provide insight into how farmers have adapted to the changes and update and provide new data on the evolving linkages between the energy and agricultural sectors.

Keywords: energy, fertilizer, pesticides, fuel, biofuels, renewable energy, ARMS

Suggested Citation

Beckman, Jayson and Borchers, Allison and Jones, Carol Adaire, Agriculture's Supply and Demand for Energy and Energy Products (May 1, 2013). USDA-ERS Economic Information Bulletin 112, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2267323 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2267323

Jayson Beckman (Contact Author)

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS) ( email )

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Allison Borchers

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS) ( email )

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Carol Adaire Jones

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS) ( email )

355 E Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024-3221
United States

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