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September 13, 2006

Canola workshop is Sept. 26

Canola plant

The North Carolina State University Solar Center will host a canola processing meeting Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the McKimmon Center on the N.C. State University campus in Raleigh.

Canola is an oilseed that can produce more than two times more oil than soybeans per acre. This oil can be used as healthy cooking oil or to make premium biodiesel fuel for diesel engines. Now that food labeling requirements are emphasizing health, and diesel prices continue to rise, the Solar Center believes that canola will be an important feedstock for future oil production in North Carolina.

However, an intermediate crushing market must first develop to extract the oil, which is the target issue of this meeting. Topics will include crushing plant design and operation, marketing of the oil and meal, a Tennessee case study, and potential funding within the Value Added Producer’s Grant (VAPG).

An agenda is below, while the speakers include:
· Robert Stroup - oilseed and biofuels consultant and canola crushing plant design expert
· Dave Hickling – vice president for canola utilization for the Canadian Canola Council and expert on canola meal applications
· Larry Horn - former general manager of the U.S. Canola Processors plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee
· Adrian Atkinson – North Carolina State University economist working on the Energy Crops for North Carolina project
· Bruce Pleasant - business programs specialist at the USDA Rural Business Cooperative Service and authority on the Value Added Producer’s Grant

This is a busy time of year, so interested parties are encouraged to respond, even if they are not positive they will attend. For more information and to RSVP please contact:
Ben Rich
Biomass Program Coordinator
North Carolina Solar Center, NCSU
Office 919.515.9782
Cell 252.333.7579

Posted by Natalie at September 13, 2006 11:16 AM