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Energy Returns of Annual and Perennial Grains
My name is Laura van der Pol and I am a researcher from Colorado State University in the Soil and Crop Sciences department working with Dr. Timothy Crews from The Land Institute. I am conducting a study to compare the energy investment and return in annual and perennial grains. We’re looking for growers who grow Kernza® to share management information that can help us assess how annual and perennial grains compare in terms of the amount of energy needed to grow them. I estimate this survey will take ~1 hr to complete.

 If you prefer to answer questions over a phone interview, that can also be easily arranged. Participation will take about an hour. Your participation in this research is voluntary. If you decide to participate in the study, you may withdraw your consent and stop participation at any time without penalty.

There are no known risks or direct benefits to you, but we hope to gain more knowledge that will help us understand how annual of perennial grains compare in terms of energy needed to produce them and reliance on non-renewable energy. There's currently great interest in the potential for Kernza to sequester carbon in the soil, but no studies have rigorously examined the carbon associated with fossil fuel used to grow this new crop relative to annual agriculture. This study will provide some insights into the energy investment needed to grow grains today and give an estimate of how that energy expenditure might change in the next 30 years.

If you’d like to participate, you can input your information into this Google form or by scheduling a time for a phone interview by emailing me at laura.vanderpol@colostate.edu or calling (713) 504-0067. We realize that no participant will be able to answer all of the questions listed in this survey, and some will be able to provide a small subset of the answers--this is OK!

We'd like to compensate you for your time in gathering the information to aid this study and provide compensation up to $100. Please be sure to include accurate contact information if you will let us compensate you for your time! If you complete a second survey regarding soil health testing information, you can receive additional compensation ($100) and free soil health testing (value $80/sample).

Thank you for your time and consideration! If you have questions about your rights as a volunteer in this research, contact the CSU IRB at:  RICRO_IRB@mail.colostate.edu; 970-491-1553.

Sincerely,
Laura van der Pol

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