Agrisoma Biosciences Growing Crops for Biofuel in ND

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If one day natural resources such as oil and coal are no longer available, then biofuels will have to be created.

One Canadian agricultural science company believes they are able to create a new fuel.

Agrisoma Bioscienes thinks that they have created the future of fuel that could potentially be used by the U.S. Military.

The fields in Grant County don't look like much now, but they could be the future of the biofuel industry thanks to the North Dakota climate.

"The plant is actually going to be less stressed with the heat," said soil conservationist Cody Hetzenbuheler. "It's really tolerable on that side with the less moisture we have in Grant County."

Carinata seeds, a product of prolifica plants, have a number of advantages over other seeds such as canola or corn.

"In the case of the work we have done with the bio jet fuels, really having the longer chain carbons allows them to have a increased yield of bio jet fuel relative to using the food sources of carbon," said Steven Fabijanski, president and CEO of Agrisoma Biosciences.

Carinata being a non-food source is also an advantage.

"So we're able to offer those biofuel manufactures a non-food source of oil that allows them to make a high quality fuel without having to affect any food supply," Fabijanski said.

The partnership with all parties involved in producing the seed has been working well.

"The partnership has been working well," Hetzenbuheler said. "Agrisoma is a good partner. We also have the Grant County SED as a partner, and then NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service), then the extension office in Grant County. All of us have been working just well together."

The aim for Agrisoma is to make a 100 percent carinata oilseed fuel that can power military aircraft.

Farmers in the state have planted more than 6,000 acres of the plant and hope to reap at least 4,000 acres.