The chicken or egg dilemma

Oil companies, refineries, car manufacturers, electricity companies and others don’t want to invest in new technologies to distribute and utilize bioenergy? until there is widespread biomass? supply. Cellulosic biomass producers don’t want to invest in production until they are sure there is a demand. The current situation in bioenergy development and utilization appears to be a real “chicken-or-egg” conundrum. How to get growers to grow biomass if there’s no market? How do markets arise without growers? One side will need to move first, and most likely the demand side (i.e., conversion technology facilities). Many experts agree that if demand is there, agricultural production is capable of ramping-up quickly.

Anerobic Digestion and Biogas

UW Extension have created seven modules focused on the use of anaerobic digestion technologies. Details of the process are introduced, as well as factors that influence start-up, operation and control of anaerobic digesters at different scales.

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Department of Agronomy
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University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706

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Wisconsin Sustainable Planting and Harvest Guidelines for Non-forest Biomass? on Public and Private Lands (2011)


These Guidelines are an effort to encourage decision-making and land use practices that benefit farmers financially while protecting the state’s natural resources.

Perennial Herbaceous Biomass Production and Harvest in the Prairie Pothole Region of the Northern Great Plains: Best Management Guidelines to Achieve Sustainability of Wildlife Resources (2013)


These Guidelines are provided by the National Wildlife Federation. These Best Management Guidelines were developed through a process involving an advisory group of natural resource professionals with expertise in agronomy, production aspects of energy crops, wildlife ecology and management, and native ecosystems. Although the guidelines are targeted for the Northern Great Plains, many of the general principles apply to Wisconsin.

Crop Fact Sheets

Get the information you need for informed decisions:
- switchgrass.pdf
- Miscanthus.pdf