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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 CropORGANIZATION directory.

USDA. Economic Research Service.

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

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.

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.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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

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