Biodiesel Feedstock Research - N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Funding recipient: North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services: Division of Research Stations, Oxford
Award amount: $35,415
Since the federal tobacco buyout, farmers in North Carolina have been looking for specialty crops to help them retain their farms as viable operations. Farmers already have the equipment and the agronomic expertise to produce biodiesel feedstock crops but currently there are no local organized markets for these crops. Funds from this grant will be used to demonstrate to farmers an economically feasible and practical way to produce the biodiesel required in operating their farms. Information recorded in producing various feedstock crops will be used to help identify appropriate cropping systems that take into consideration variability of soils, build up of soil-borne pathogens, and water requirements.
NCDA researchers are growing potential feedstock crops, such as the flax pictured top left. The oil seed press right, also called a crusher or extruder, separates the oil from the solids in preparation for conversion to biodiesel.
North Carolina counties benefiting from this project: Granville
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