University of Wyoming Extension News

UW Extension bulletin explores biodiesel from camelina

Producers should consider the meal production rather than the oil production when deciding whether or not to produce on-farm biodiesel from camelina, according to a new bulletin from the University of Wyoming Extension.

“There are many factors farmers should take into account before making a significant investment,” said bulletin author Thomas Foulke, senior research scientist in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.  “The investment parameters are similar to any other enterprise; but instead of profit, cost savings is the principle measure of success.”

The amount of meal produced shows producers should consider primarily meal disposition, rather than oil production, in this enterprise and be sure to have sufficient livestock resources available to consume the meal, he said.

“Is Biodiesel from Camelina Right for You?,” B-1249, is available for free download by going to www.uwyo.edu/ces and clicking on Publications on the left-hand side of the page. Type the bulletin title or number in the search field.