Programs that support farmers interested in growing perennial bioenergy crops do not currently exist in
Minnesota. Perennial bioenergy production faces many hurdles technologically and market‐wise but
the current social climate seems to be leading toward more concerted development in the direction of
renewable energy. Cost‐sharing and Annual Rental Payment programs exist in various forms supporting
other environmental objectives and they are used in this paper to project their applicability to bioenergy
development specifically. Carbon markets are also discussed as a potential source of support. After
considering the analysis, it seems that a functional market for selling energy crops must exist before any
real change can occur, but an establishment cost‐share program would go the furthest in helping
farmers get started in farming these types of crops. Getting an early start in helping farmers adopt
these practices may position Minnesota in a favorable position in an impending carbon‐constrained
Gangeness, Bjorn. (2008). Bioenergy Incentive Options for Minnesota Farmers: A Policy Perspective. Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.
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Bioenergy Incentive Options for Minnesota Farmers: A Policy Perspective.
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