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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.

Sustainable Cotton Project, Inc.

Programs, information and events to promote certified organic and sustainably grown cotton for farmers, manufacturers and consumers to improve environmental and human health while maintaining profitability.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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

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 CropORGANIZATION directory.

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.

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. Economic Research Service.

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

USDA. Economic Research Service.

A set of reports on the research, development, production, processing, marketing and policy aspects of taking agricultural materials from farm to the industrial marketplace. Agricultural materials include starches and carbohydrates, fats and oils, fibers, animal products, forest products, natural plant products, natural rubber and and resins.

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