Enhancing Rural Agricultural Family and Community Development in Wyoming Through Sustainable Bioful Crop Production

Project Overview

FW09-319
Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2009: $49,873.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2010
Region: Western
State: Wyoming
Principal Investigator:
Donn Randall
Wyoming Business Council

Commodities

  • Agronomic: canola, safflower, soybeans, sunflower

Practices

  • Energy: general energy
  • Farm Business Management: new enterprise development

    Summary:

    In Wyoming, rural agricultural production and community economic stability are jeopardized by increasingly high input costs for fuel and fossil-fuel-related products. To counteract these problems, Wyoming producers must look into raising sustainable alternative crops that can add value to their current cropping practices, provide for vertical integration of a product for local consumption and help reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil. This project proposes to help Wyoming producers conduct biofuel-crop test trials in the northeastern and southeastern districts of the state. The goal is to increase and sustain Wyoming biofuel crop production, provide producers with a marketable biofuel crop that can be processed, marketed and consumed locally and increase revenue streams that provide sustainable jobs for rural communities.

    Project objectives:

    The main objective of this Western SARE Professional + Producer Grant funded project has been to promote oilseed crop production with Wyoming producers.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.