Midwest U.S. landscape change to 2020 driven by biofuel mandates.

  title={Midwest U.S. landscape change to 2020 driven by biofuel mandates.},
  author={Megan Mehaffey and Elizabeth Smith and Rick Van Remortel},
  journal={Ecological applications : a publication of the Ecological Society of America},
  volume={22 1},
Meeting future biofuel targets set by the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) will require a substantial increase in production of corn. The Midwest, which has the highest overall crop production capacity, is likely to bear the brunt of the biofuel-driven changes. In this paper, we set forth a method for developing a possible future landscape and evaluate changes in practices and production between base year (BY) 2001 and biofuel target (BT) 2020. In our BT 2020 Midwest landscape… CONTINUE READING