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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. Find more information here about these crops.

USDA. Agricultural Marketing Service.

Provides information on the production of industrial hemp under the 2018 Farm Bill, access to rulemaking documents, answers to Frequently Asked Questions and links to USDA Hemp Programs.

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. 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.

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

Sustainable Cotton Project, Inc.

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