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Home Grown Fuel and Feed

By   /  July 21, 2014  /  2 Comments

Last year, Roger Rainville fueled all his equipment with biodiesel from oilseed crops grown on his farm.  Even more exciting to him than being 100% self-sufficient is that all that fuel only cost $1.71 per gallon. 

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Growing your own farm fuel is nothing new.  When John Williamson’s grandfather started farming in Vermont, he did it, raising oats for the horses that pulled the plows.  Now John is growing his own fuel too, raising oilseed that he can turn into biodiesel for the equipment that he uses to grow crops.   Thanks to the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund and their VermontBioenergy program, farmers are exploring these options for fueling their own farms and for providing fuel for others as well.

This video shares information on what’s happening in the oil seed world and gives you links to crops that you can explore on your own. In future articles we’ll be sharing information on grass as fuel for those of you already growing that kind of crop.

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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.


  1. Chip Hines says:

    This is going to upset some, but I have questions. Does the $1.71 cost per gallon include: land cost, all tillage costs, chemicals, fertilizer, harvest cost, cost of processing equipment, and labor?
    Just asking.

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