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Feasibility Assessment of Biomass Harvesting Cooperative

Arjun Basnet and Philip L. Kenkel

No 119781, 2012 Annual Meeting, February 4-7, 2012, Birmingham, Alabama from Southern Agricultural Economics Association

Abstract: The paper summarizes the harvesting and transportation costs of biomass in an individual producer’s framework versus a cooperative framework using a feasibility template developed in MS Excel. The cost is compared between individual producer having 1000 acres of land and a cooperative with five members each having 1000 acres of land. The estimated total cost per ton for harvesting biomass and transporting it to a warehouse 20 mile far is $25.53 for individual producer and $18.00 for cooperative. The mowing, raking and baling cost per ton is estimated to be $5.71, $3.94 and $11.16 respectively for individual producer and $4.97, $2.00 and $5.85 respectively for cooperative.

Keywords: Biomass; Switchgrass; Harvesting; Transportation; Cooperative; Agricultural and Food Policy; Financial Economics; Production Economics; Resource /Energy Economics and Policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2012
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