The economics of commercializing new industrial crops

Paul N. Wilson, James C. Wade, Julie P. Leones

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New industrial crops are promoted as enterprises that will raise farm sector income, provide economic development activities for rural areas, and provide products that will substitute for imports from other nations. A conceptual model, based on the principles of strategic management, is developed for analyzing the economics of commercializing industrial crops. The model is applied to the oil derived from Lesquerella, a possible substitute for castor oil which is used in lubricants, cosmetics, and waxes. Botanical and chemical entrepreneurship are emphasized as key factors in the successful commercialization of new industrial crops. © 1995 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-55
Number of pages11
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Economics and Econometrics


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