Winter Camelina Field Day

  • Southern Research & Outreach Center, 35838 120th St., Waseca, MN 56093-4521
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  • RSVP to Connie Carlson, 612-709-6790, carl5114@umn.edu

The University of Minnesota Forever Green Initiative and the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) invite processors, food entrepreneurs, culinary professionals, growers and the curious public to learn about a new oilseed crop, winter camelina, on June 27 in Waseca, Minn.

Winter camelina (Camellia sativa) has a long history as an oilseed crop with great potential for use as a cash cover crop that protects soil and water while providing economic benefits to farmers in the Upper Midwest.

The Field Day event will be held at the Southern Research and Outreach Center in Waseca and will highlight current research and work underway to launch camelina into Minnesota’s agricultural landscape. Visitors will see camelina growing in the field and learn best production practices. In addition, an oil press, provided by AURI, will press camelina seed to show how the oil and meal is extracted and the U of M Food Science department will be on-hand to talk about the many potential opportunities for end-uses of camelina oil and meal.

Visitors are welcome to stop in anytime between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on June 27 to explore and learn. Visitors who want a more in-depth understanding of camelina can participate in a guided tour. The first will begin at 10 a.m., with the second starting at 11:30 a.m. All attendees are encouraged to register by June 20 for the event and tours beforehand in order to plan for meals and parking. Register by calling Nan Larson at 218-281-7600 (ext. 137) or by clicking this link: https://goo.gl/5hAX5N.