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The ridiculous A Mayor closes the produce stand of a couple of kids.

“They may start out with a little card-table and selling a couple of things, but then who is to say what else they have. Is all the produce made there, do they make it themselves? Are they going to have eggs and chickens for sale next,” said Mannin

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Special Biofuels Digest Report on camelina, an advanced biodiesel “wonder crop”

Here’s the lowdown on camelina. First, it grows on land unsuitable for food crops. It has yields that are roughly double that of soy. The oil it produces is more cold-resistant than the average biodiesel feedstock. It tolerates cold climates well – it has been grown for years in pockets of Montana. It’s supported by research and field trials at a number of land-grant colleges around the country – Oregon State, Montana State, Idaho among them. It grows wild in the US, which is to say it grows here, and grows well, and plays well with other crops. It has a particularly attractive concentration of omega-3 fatty acids that make camelina meal, left over after crushing, a particularly fine livestock feed candidate that is just now gaining recognition in the US and Canada.

All of that is good. But here’s what’s better. According to Sam Huttenbauer, CEO of Great Plains, The Camelina Company, camelina can be grown in a rotation of wheat crops. Farmers who have followed a wheat-fallow pattern, as is often seen in Washington and Oregon, can switch to a wheat-camelina-wheat pattern, realize up to 100 gallons of camelina oil per acre, and gain up to 15 percent more productivity on the wheat.

So, here’s a crop that goes a mile past fuel vs food, and one step beyond fuel and food, because it produces fuel and more food.

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