Date of Graduation

Spring 2019


Master Science in Agriculture


College of Agriculture

Committee Chair

Michael Goerndt


The pellet wood industry in the United States has grown exponentially in recent years, due mostly to the expanding export market to Europe. At this time, the European market for pellet wood is highly subsidized as part of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) in an effort to mitigate fossil fuel consumption for power production. Although there are other popular renewable resources such as wind, water, and solar, the burning of biomass is among the most utilized sources of renewable energy today. This study examines the existing pellet wood industry in the United States, particularly within the Ozarks and Appalachia Regions, so as to identify locational characteristics of existing pellet wood facilities. Taking this study a step further, this data was then used to identify localities within the study area that could reasonably be predicted to facilitate an expansion of the pellet wood industry in the future. This industry expansion would have the potential to create many regional jobs within the industry, and bring outside money to struggling rural economies.


pellet wood, biomass, bioenergy, Appalachia, Ozarks

Subject Categories

Other Forestry and Forest Sciences


© James Robert Criger

Open Access