Future of Farming

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Jun 26, 2009 at 10:52 PM EDT

The future of farming in New York could begin with bio-diesel fuel.

It's self sustaining, and has the ability to cure our country's energy dependence on foreign countries.

A pack of Chenango County farmers are prospecting the possibility growing crops for the organic product.

The rolling farms of Chenango County and New York could soon be home to crops that can produce bio-diesel fuel.

"What we're talking about here is a renewable resource that can be grown on the farm. No longer dependent on petroleum products thereby alleviating your dependency on foreign oils. And you're creating a product that can be grown year after year," said Bradd Vickers of the Chenango County Farm Bureau

The Bureau hosted this discussion for farmers to learn about bio-diesel fuel.

It comes from vegetable oil and can be converted into a substance that can replace diesel fuel.

The oil is extracted from canola, sunflower seeds, and soy beans.

"We can show farmers in New York how to grow the crops, how to extract the oil from the oil seeds. Ultimately how to turn that oil back into fuel," said Circle Energy Owner Eric Hamilton.

Fuel that can be used to heat homes, and power automobiles and farm machinery.

Some grades of the fuel can even be used in cooking.

"It's all about sustainability. It's about locally produced goods. Consumed locally," said Hamilton.

These farmers are excited about the opportunity to produce the sustainable product.

"I think that it's going to have to be a cooperative effort between 3 or more farmers in a given area. So that everybody doesn't have to own a combine and a seeder," said Harvey Fletch of Coventry.

A cooperative effort that can help support an entire community through sustainability.

In Norwich, Erik Burling WBNG-TV Action News.

The company, Circle Energy was at the meeting to showcase machinery needed for farming crops to produce bio-diesel fuel.

It says it takes about 30 thousand dollars to begin the process.

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