Biodiesel Production: Creating Economic Self-Sufficiency On the Farm

Rainville first got interested in oilseed production when University of Vermont Extension approached him about growing canola seed on his farm.

Biodiesel Production: Creating Economic Self-Sufficiency On the Farm
The latest video from our friends at Cooking Up a Story
Roger Rainville is ahead of the curve when it comes to reducing costs on his farm near Alburgh, Vermont. He’s currently producing biodiesel for about $1.70 a gallon.
That savings, and his profit margin, are going to be even greater if energy and fuel prices continue to rise as they have been recently. Rainville first got interested in oilseed production when University of Vermont Extension approached him about growing canola seed on his farm. Initially, Rainville thought the canola could provide a good source of feed (canola meal) for his cows, with oil production simply a side-benefit. Over several years, however, Rainville’s thinking was transformed as he realized the potential for producing his own biodiesel.
To read more and to access the Steps in Biodiesel Production (pdf) referred to in the video, please visit Cooking Up a Story.

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