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dc.contributor.advisorLopes, Vincente
dc.contributor.authorFaurie, Danielle K.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-06-21T18:50:20Z
dc.date.available2012-02-24T10:09:50Z
dc.date.issued2011-05en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/3188
dc.descriptionPresented to the Honors Committee of Texas State University-San Marcos In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements For Graduation in the University Honors Program, May 2011.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe agricultural industry in the United States is highly energy-intensive accounting for 17% of all energy used. Approximately 400 gallons of oil are used annually to feed each American. The agricultural industry, specifically in Iowa, is highly dependent on corn growth with 43.5% of the world’s corn being grown in the U.S. Unfortunately, the world supply of oil accounted for today is only expected to last a mere 40 to 50 years from now. In order to understand the best method for transitioning to an alternative energy source within the agricultural industry, specifically the corn industry in Iowa, an understanding of the individuals involved in the corn industry must first be established. Interviews were conducted of farmers from various parts of Iowa to answer questions concerning their background, how much energy is used on the farm currently, and how they felt about alternative energy usage on the farm. The results were analyzed and one main theme resonated throughout: “Economics drives everything.” A recommendation was then made to decrease the amount of corn subsidies provided to the average corn farm and reallocating those funds to an incentive program centered around a four-year crop rotation system which would ultimately decrease fertilizer and fossil fuel usage.en_US
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dc.format.extent61 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectCornen_US
dc.subjectAlternative energyen_US
dc.subjectFarmingen_US
dc.subjectIowaen_US
dc.subjectCrop rotationen_US
dc.subjectFarm policyen_US
dc.titleA Qualitative Analysis of the Perceptions of Iowa Corn Farmers Regarding Alternative Energy Usage and a Proposal for Policy Changeen_US
txstate.documenttypeThesis
dc.contributor.committeeMemberEichler, Matthew A.
thesis.degree.departmentHonors College
thesis.degree.disciplineBiology
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State University
txstate.departmentHonors College


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