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Poster Title: Estimation of Available Land for Bio-Energy Crops in Northeast U.S.

Authors: Barry M. Evans (Penn State)

Poster Abstract: An estimate of land that might potentially be available for bio-energy crop production was made for all counties in the northeast part of the U.S. (including the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia). This estimate was based on an analysis of historical data on the extent of cultivated land as well as soils-based agricultural land capability. It was estimated that there are approximately 177,596 km2 of potentially available cropland in this region. Of this amount, about 42% (74,398 km2) and 58% (103,198 km2) were estimated to be comprised of prime and marginal farmland, respectively.