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Mark Schaff has an idea. He thinks that the interstate in his home of Etna Township in Licking County, OH should not be lined with grass that grows there wildly now. Instead, he wants something more useful. Schaff has urged state transportation officials to rip out the green stretches of turf that line the medians and plant biofuel crops like safflower, dwarf sunflower and canola instead. In addition to saving the state money on mowing expenses, Schaff points out that the crops could be sold to

Farmers in Washington State are experimenting with canola for biodiesel production as a new cash crop to supplement existing diary or vegetable crop income. Conditions in Snohomish County, which boasts cool temperatures, moist sea air and good soils, are proving to be so ideal for canola growing that yields are vastly outpacing European norms. Last year Snohomish County farmers averaged 158 gallons / 598 L of biodiesel per acre of planted canola compared to just 84 gallons / 318 L of biodiesel p

On the 17th January we posed the question "What will the majority of biodiesel be made from by 2010?", and asked you to vote for your favourite answer.

Despite the promise of higher crop prices and more jobs, alternative fuel production isn't for every area of the country. In eastern Oregon a businessman and scientist were poking holes in the ethanol balloon at a farm show. Their numbers show a problem with growing enough canola seed and dealing with the byproducts. A plant producing 5 million gallons of biodiesel would create 242,000 pounds of canola meal every day. More than 40,000 cows would have to eat six pounds a day to eliminate the bypr