William F. Lazarus
|Activities, Projects, and Interests|
Economic Impact of a Second Generation Biofuels Facility, Tuck, B and W. Lazarus, University of Minnesota Center for Community Vitality (October 2013)
Minnesota Crop Cost & Return Guide for 2011 (Projected costs and returns for corn grain, soybeans, wheat, corn silage, alfalfa hay, and energy crops) (pdf) (November 2010).
Economic Impacts of Establishing Short Rotation Woody Crops to Support Energy Production in Minnesota, Staff Paper P09-2 (pdf) (January 2009)
Energy Crop Production Costs and Breakeven Prices under Minnesota Conditions, Staff Paper P08-11 (pdf) (December 2008)
Carbon Prices Required to Make Digesters Profitable on U.S. Dairy Farms of Different Sizes, Staff Paper P11-1 (pdf) (January 2011)
Economics of Anaerobic Digesters for Processing Animal Manure, eXtension web page (November 2009)
Anaerobic Digester Technology, presented at "The Role of Extension in Energy" Conference, Little Rock, AR, June 30-July 1, 2009 (pdf)
Review of the literature on the economics of central anaerobic digesters, Staff paper P08-9 (pdf) (December 2008)
See also Lazarus, W. and M. Rudstrom. "The Economics of Methane Digester Operation on Minnesota Dairy Farms" in the Review of Agricultural Economics 29(Summer 2007):349-364.
A 2007 project funded from the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund resulted in development of Digester_Econ.xls, an Excel spreadsheet for doing rough initial calculations of annual costs and returns to be expected from owning and operating a methane digester on a dairy farm.
In 1999, Haubenschild Farms installed a plug-flow anaerobic digester on their dairy farm. Since the date of the installation for their digester, the Haubenschilds have been very active in studying the digester and effects on their farm. Through a grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), The Minnesota Project partnered with the University of Minnesota and Haubenschild Farms to study and educate farmers on the economics and benefits of digesters and digested manure compared to other dairy systems.
The links below take you to our reports, which are stored on the website of Minnesota Project, Inc.
Overview fact sheet (pdf 86KB)
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