Growing Oilseeds For Fuel
Oilseed crops, like sunflowers, soybeans, and canola when grown in rotation with other crops are a sustainable means of producing a clean, renewable fuel to power Vermont’s agricultural sector, while generating livestock feed and food-grade oil as well. In this way, more money is put back in the farmers’ pocket, and they’ve become more self-sufficient with new means to moderate the impacts of peak oil and climate change.
The resources to the right and images below cover general oilseed production and use. Use the drop-down menu above for information specific to growing sunflowers, soybeans, and canola and making biodiesel. The downloadable Oilseed Cost and Profit Calculator is an important resource for modeling the economics of growing oilseeds for biodiesel.
Chris Callahan, Oilseed Cost and Profit Calculator. (A downloadable modeling tool)
Chris Callahan and Netaka White, Vermont On-Farm Oilseed Enterprises: Production Capacity and Break-even Economics. July 2013.
Emily Stebbins, The Market Potential of Farm-Scale Oilseed Crop Products in Vermont.February 2008. (See also the Executive Summary)
Kenneth Mulder, Ph.D., Galen Wilkerson, Emily J. Stebbins Homegrown Fuel: Economic Feasibility of Commercial-Scale Biodiesel Production in Vermont.. September 2007
Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, Oilseed Crop to Biodiesel Flowchart.
Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School. On-Farm Biodiesel Production in Vermont: Legal and Regulatory Overview. 2015.
Eric Garza, Energy Return on Invested of Biodiesel in Vermont.April 2011.
Heather Darby, University of Vermont Extension, Oilseed Crop to Biodiesel Flowchart. 2013.
Oilseed Fact Sheet: Cleaning and Storage, University of Vermont Extension
Feasibility Analysis: Solar Seed Dryer and Storage Bin at State Line Farm, N. Bennington, VT. October 2008
A Feasibility Analysis of a Mobile Unit for Processing Oilseed Crops and Producing Biodiesel in Vermont.December 2008
Oilseeds Program, University of Vermont Extension, Northwest Crops & Soils Team
Farm Fresh Fuels Project, University of Vermont / Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
Oil Seed Crops, BioEnergy Washington
Oilseed Cost and Profit Calculator (A downloadable modeling tool)
Conferences and Events
Oilseed Producers Workshop Proceedings, University of Vermont
Sunflower Seminars and Workshops, National Sunflower Association