In Minnesota, federal mandates to produce more renewable fuels, especially biofuels, have led to a growing debate: Should fuel or food grow on arable land? Recent research shows farmers can successfully, and sustainably, grow both. Russ Gesch, a plant physiologist with the USDA Soil Conservation Research Lab in Morris, Minnesota, found encouraging results when growing Camelina […]
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In Alberta, Linnaeus Plant Sciences announced the formation of Linnaeus Plant Sciences BV, headquartered in Wageningen, The Netherlands. This incorporation will allow Linnaeus to join a group of eighteen EU-based partners, of which 50% are SMEs and large enterprises and the remaining 50% are universities and research institutes. The research consortium is being managed by […]
In California, Sustainable Oils has been issued a first-of-its-kind feedstock-only pathway by the California Air Resources Board for the production of Camelina-based fuels under the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). The pathway, when combined with a specific processors production profile, will produce the lowest carbon intensity (CI) virgin oil-based fuel available in the marketplace. Camelina-based […]
In Oregon, researchers at Oregon State University are finding that growers could earn about $300 per acre from camelina even during very dry years. So far this year the trial plots near Ontario have only received about 6 inches of rain. Willamette Biomass Processors currently buys camelina from Montana so would be happy to have […]
A recent study provides information important to farmers growing oilseed crops. In the study, camelina and safflower were grown in three-year rotations with winter wheat and summer fallow. The study shows that using this rotation may require that no tillage should be done to the soil during the fallow year. Oilseed crops produce relatively little […]
In Spain, Delaware-based Omega Grains, via its Argentine subsidiary Chacraservicios, has signed a cooperation agreement with the Technological Institute for Food and Agriculture (ITAGRA) and the regional agricultural cooperative of Carrión de los Condes to trial camelina for later use as a biodiesel feedstock. A test plot is already underway in the area, with the […]
In Arkansas, camelina is being introduced into DeWitt as an alternative winter crop while a mini-biorefinery will be built to process local production. The facility developed by Springboard Biodiesel will produce 80,000 gallons per year. The push is the first project of the Farm to Fuel program. The fuel will be used locally for buses, […]
In Colombia, UOP announced that Honeywell Green Jet Fuel™ produced using Honeywell’s UOP Renewable Jet Fuel process powered the first commercial flight in Colombia operating with renewable jet fuel. A LAN Airbus A320 aircraft traveled with 174 passengers from Bogotá El Dorado International Airport to Santiago de Cali, Colombia. One of the aircraft’s two engines was […]
In Canada, Genome Prairie has mapped the genome of camelina sativa that will help researchers further enhance and develop the crop to improve biofuel and co-product production. Key research areas include improved drought and pest resistance as well as increased yields.
In Indonesia, the Yogyakarta Forestry and Horticulture Agency, in partnership with Waterland Asia Investments Pte. Ltd, has planted camelina shrubs in the hopes of creating an income and energy generation project for local farmers. In an effort to diversify away from food crops, and increase farmer incomes, the agency has donated 300 hectares with an […]