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Camelina included in Canada's 2014 cash advance program for growers

Camelina included in Canada's 2014 cash advance program for growers
Camelina is being included for the first time in Canada's Advance Payments Program (APP), commonly known as the cash advance program. Western Canadian farmers can apply for a pre-harvest cash advance on actual seeded acres of Camelina, or, after the crop is in the bin, for a post-harvest advance of up to $400,000. The cash advance rate paid to Camelina growers for the inaugural 2014 crop year is $198 per metric tonne. "Smart Earth is leading the introduction of Camelina as a new oilseed crop in Western Canada. The 2014 crop year has been excellent and we have established a wide distribution of growers throughout West Central and Southwest Saskatchewan," said CEO Jack Grushcow. "The cash advance program is another sign that the crop is entering the mainstream of specialty crop options for our growers." Through the APP, farmers are eligible for a cash advance of up to $100,000 interest-free and an additional...
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Smart Earth Seeds Midas brand camelina growing in Saskatchewan (Updated)

Smart Earth Seeds Midas brand camelina growing in Saskatchewan (Updated)
Smart Earth Seeds contracted about 5,000 acres of Midas Camelina among Saskatchewan producers in 2014 - and we look forward to more success in the 2015 crop year. Smart Earth partnered with Chaplin Grain Corporation, an elevator in Chaplin, Sask., and Central Plains Co-op, who worked hand-in-hand with our growers. Smart Earth CEO Jack Grushcow said the company purposely contracted a relatively small crop because "we want every grower to be successful and we want to make sure that we build the market in a stepwise fashion.” Camelina is a promising oilseed crop: the oil can be used to make green lubricants and polymers, environmentally friendly alternatives to what are usually petroleum-derived products. Camelina meal has been approved as a livestock feed in the U.S. and, in Canada in early 2015 the CFIA approved use of Camelina meal in broiler chicken feed. Smart Earth associate company Linnaeus Plant Sciences worked with the Feeds Innovation Institute at the University of Saskatchewan, and the Saskatchewan...
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