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Ripplinger & Wamisho submit grant proposal to SDSU

David Ripplinger  Wamisho, Kassu

Dr. David Ripplinger, Assistant Professor in Agribusiness and Applied Economics, Principal Investigator and Dr. Kassu Wamisho, Research Assistant Professor in Agribusiness and Applied Economics, Co-Principal Investigator, have submitted a grant proposal to South Dakota State University, North Central Sun Grant in the amount of $80,875.

The title of this proposal is: “Economic, Environmental, and Infrastructure Impacts of Alternative Energy Beet Transportation Systems”.

The project will estimate the conomic and environmental impacts of end-of-field energy beet piling, including the cost of maintaining the local transportation infrastructure given increased truck traffic.  The system is expected to decrease required harvest labor demands, a critical barrier to pathway commercialization.  However, the cost and energy use of energy beet transportatin and logistics from field to factory gate may increase.

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