Wadena Fuel-Shed Inventory
To determine if there is sufficient biomass resource potential (non-corn) within the Wadena area to make development of a new ethanol processing facility economically feasible.
- University faculty Diomy Zamora and Dean Current; Peter Gillitzer, research assistant
- Wadena County Soil and Water Conservation District
- Region Five Development Commission
- Wadena Agriculture Alternatives (non-profit citizen based organization)
- Identify and map location and amounts of biomass currently available
- Evaluate the potential biomass resources (type, amount, and location) that could be grown in the area
- Conduct interviews to estimate potential producer participation rates
- Summarize results of inventory and potential and identify economic opportunities and constraints for the use of these resources in an ethanol processing facility
- GIS tools and sampling protocol were combined with existing resources and local experts to determine amount of biomass currently available.
- A fuel-shed definition concept was introduced and soil-based classification systems used to obtain data on resource availability.
- Methodology used in this evaluation is being replicated and used in similar studies by University of Minnesota.
- The project culminated in a published report, Wadena Community Agricultural Biomass Assessment.
$4,000 from Central RSDP
- $1,500 in-kind, Region Five Development Commission
- $2,500 in-kind, Wadena SWCD
- $1,500 Wadena Agriculture Alternatives, in-kind volunteer support
- $1,500 University of Minnesota, in-kind faculty oversight
- $2,500 University of Minnesota Center for Urban and Rural Affairs, Community Assistance Program