Oilseed Economics Update 2014

Yesterday we held our annual Oilseed Producer’s Meeting.  At this meeting, I presented an economic overview of oilseeds in Vermont.  Ina nutshell, Vermont has an installed on-farm biodiesel capacity of 600,000 gal/yr (5 sites) with a normalized initial cost of $1/gal of capacity (better than national average). Fuel can be produced for an average cost […]

Small Scale Oilseed Press Evaulations

We recently completed a series of small scale oilseed press evaluations related to on-farm oilseed processing.  The video below summarizes the different presses and a full report is available for download.

Greenhouse & Tunnel Tour Video Series

Energy and Waste in the Food System

Although estimates vary, we invest about 14 calories of fossil fuel-based energy and 15-20 calories of energy in general into every 1 calorie of food produced.  And (here’s the kicker) 30-50% of the food produced never makes it to a digestive track.  So those energy input numbers are actually low by any true measure of […]

Ag Census Video

I really like the Ag Census and USDA-NASS. Fellow data geeks (but they have the better electric guitar).