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Industrial, Energy, and Non-food Crops

Switchgrass as a bioenergy crop.  (Photo credit ARS)Many agricultural crops are used to create non-food products: oils, resins, fibers, clothing, energy, cosmetics and plastics to list a few. Look here for more information about these crops.

Purdue University. Center for New Crops and Plant Products.

Provides several sources of information about industrial and non-food crops such as the New Crops Symposium series articles available through the Table of Contents for each volume, the CropEXPERT listings, and the New Crop LINKS directory.

USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

This page lists the current research projects at the USDA Agricultural Research Service on topics such as energy and non-food crops under the headings Cotton, Cottonseed, Cuphea, Flax, Guayule, Kenaf, Lesquerella, Long fiber cotton, Oilseed and oil crops, and Rubber, gum, and resin plants.

USDA. Economic Research Service.

Background, trade, marketing and policy information for U.S. oil crops such as soybeans, cottonseed, canola, rapeseed, sunflowerseed and peanuts.

The Foundation for a Sustainable Future. Fiber Futures.

Plant profiles, marketing information, data from research projects and technical consultancy services offered for fibers products from non-wood plants and crop residues.

USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

The NCAUR "invents new industrial and food products from agricultural commodities, develops new technologies to improve environmental quality, and provides technical support to Federal regulatory and action agencies."

University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Provides technical assistance for identification, development and promotion of new industrial uses for agricultural raw materials.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Activities, publications and services offered worldwide for non-wood forest products.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

An overview of edible, non-food and essential oil crops produced worldwide.