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The Response of Corn Acreage to Ethanol Plant Siting

Yehushua Shay Fatal and Walter Thurman

Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, 2014, vol. 46, issue 2, 157-171

Abstract: U.S. ethanol production capacity increased more than threefold between 2002 and 2008. We study the effect of this growth on corn acreage. Connecting annual changes in county-level corn acreage to changes in ethanol plant capacities, we find a positive effect on planted corn. The building of a typical plant is estimated to increase corn in the county by over 500 acres and to increase acreage in surrounding counties up to almost 300 miles away. All ethanol plants are estimated to increase corn production by less than their annual requirements.

Date: 2014
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