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We Are Asking For More Than Food From Our Farms. A New Cropping Option May Help Meet The Demand

Steven Savage writes in Forbes about a new cropping option to meet food demand.

The C3 Take
  • Farmers have made great strides to increase crop yields with a smaller environmental footprint.
  • Through a process called “double cropping” farmers are able to grow crops in back to back seasons, allowing more food to be grown and soil health to flourish.
  • A newly developed crop called Camelina is allowing farmers to double crop in northern latitudes, which was not previously possible.
  • Camelina can be used for biofuels, oil, or animal feed.

“Although Camelina does not require bees for pollination, it’s flowers are an excellent forage resource for bees and its golden yellow blooming fields are beautiful to see. In recognition of the many benefits of double cropping, the USDA has added coverage for the practice in its crop insurance program.”

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