Dr. Michael Buser, Professor of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at Oklahoma State University (OSU), Stillwater, OK, received a USDA-NIFA Center grant through the South Central Sun Grant Program to develop a Software as a Service (SaaS) platform using Geospatial Logistics and Agricultural Decision Integration System (GLADIS), a system developed at OSU, which can generate economic decision information based on user inputs and database information. Dr. Buser collaborates with Dr. Rodney Holcomb from OSU’s Agricultural Economics department and Dr. Bill Carter, State Director, OK Small Business Development Center.
Buser’s team will create a holistic software for switchgrass bio-energy logistics modeling. The research team expects this proposed software to help the stakeholders to estimate costs and profits, identify potential risks, and better understand how to optimize their specific supply chain system. The modeling software will also be published online and be available to other researchers for evaluation.