Montana camelina acres tumble as fuel spec approval bites

April 26, 2011 |

In Montana, camelina’s planted acres this year have fallen due to competition with wheat that is seeing record high prices. Last year only 9,400 acres were planted, which is less than half than the year before. Sustainable Oils says that until bio-SPK gets approved as a jet fuel, getting investment in camelina refineries—which will guarantee farmers a market—will be slow going.

Aviation officials at the Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference last week in Washington confirmed that they expect Bio-SPK to be approved before the end of the year.

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