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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Winter Camelina Field Day to be held June 27 in Waseca, Minnesota

By Connie Carlson
Associate Program Director
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
University of MinnesotaRegional Sustainable Development Partnerships
Waseca, MN. --  The University of Minnesota Forever Green Initiative and the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) invite processors, food entrepreneurs, culinary professionals, growers, and the curious public to learn about a new oilseed crop, winter camelina, on June 27th in Waseca, Minnesota.


Winter camelina (Camelina sativa) has a long history as an oil seed crop with great potential for use as a cash cover crop providing both protect soil and water while providing economic benefits to farmers in the Upper Midwest.


The Field Day event will be held at the Southern Research and Outreach Center in Waseca, Minnesota and will highlight current research and work underway to launch camelina into Minnesota’s agricultural landscape. Visitors will see camelina growing in the field and learn from UMN agronomists best production practices. In addition, an oil press, provided by AURI, will press camelina seed to show how the oil and meal is extracted and the UMN Food Science department will be on-hand talking about the many potential opportunities for end-uses of camelina oil and meal.


Visitors are welcome to stop in anytime between 9:30AM and 12:30 PM on June 27th to explore and learn. Visitors who want a more in-depth understanding of camelina can participate in a guided tour. The first will begin at 10am with the second starting at 11:30. All attendees are encouraged to register by June 20 for the event and tours beforehand in order to plan for meals and parking.  Register by calling Nan Larson at (218) 281-7600 ext. 137 or by clicking this link: https://goo.gl/5hAX5N


This event is scheduled rain or shine.  For more information: Connie Carlson 612-709-6790, carl5114@umn.edu.


Southern Research and Outreach Center  35838 120th Street Waseca, MN 56093.


This event is made possible by generous support from USDA: AFRI, NRCS, CIG, NIFA and NCR-SARE.  


About Forever Green: The Forever Green Initiative focuses on high-efficiency agriculture, cropping systems with continuous living cover, and perennial crops. Forever Green is a collaborative effort of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS), Center for Integrated Natural Resources and Agricultural Management (CINRAM), and the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (MISA); with major funding support from the Minnesota Legislature, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, and USDA-NIFA.
About AURI: The mission of the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute is to foster long-term economic benefit for Minnesota through value-added agricultural products. It accomplishes this by helping develop new uses for agricultural products through science and technology, while partnering with businesses and entrepreneurs to bring ideas to reality.

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