Considering the importance of the energy industry in the Four Corners region, research in renewable forms, including solar, wind, and biomass energy, are increasingly crucial to long-term economic viability on regional, national, and global levels.

The New Mexico legislature recently mandated public power providers in the state to increase their utilization of renewable energy sources on an incremental basis up to 15% by 2015, then up to 20% by 2020. The Agricultural Science Center at Farmington addresses this goal through research related to biomass for energy production and oilseed crops used in biodiesel production.

Research findings from agronomic crop and poplar research can be reviewed via Projects and Results, on NMSU's Agricultural Science Center's website.