Sometimes the demands of the moment prevent agriculturalists from thinking about the long-term, big-picture outlook for area agriculture. What does the future hold for agriculture on the Northern Plains?
In an unusual case, the same owners who only months ago lost their license to run a Northwood, N.D., oilseed crushing plant after going broke owing $860,000 have applied for a new license from the North Dakota Public Service Commission.
UND’s Energy & Environmental Research Center and the Tesoro petroleum refinery in Mandan, N.D., soon may be refining a relatively unknown oilseed — crambe — directly into diesel and jet fuel without any need for the specialized processes associated with ethanol or biodiesel production.
January 30, 2009
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