- Additional Plants: trees
- Miscellaneous: mushrooms
- Crop Production: biological inoculants
- Farm Business Management: whole farm planning, feasibility study
- Production Systems: integrated crop and livestock systems
- Soil Management: organic matter
- Sustainable Communities: sustainability measures
Over the past five years, ethanol use has increased by 165 percent. Over the next five to six years, ethanol production is expected to increase by 70 percent, increasing the demand for cellulosic materials. These materials include sawdust and corn stover, which have traditionally been a low-cost material used for compost in which to grow mushrooms. This project will investigate using spent mushroom substrate to produce ethanol as an energy product for on-farm use. Outreach will be through publications, newsletters, conferences, and farm tours.