Oilseeds--including sunflower, canola, soybean, flax, and hemp--are crops that may provide avenues for diversification on our Vermont farms. Oil extracted from these crops may be used for on-farm fuel production or culinary uses; the leftover meal may be used as a high protein livestock feed or soil amendment to boost fertility. The goal of our program is to develop best practices for oilseed production under our growing conditions.

  • Small-Scale Oilseed Presses

Research Results

Research results for our oilseed trials conducted from 2010 to present.

Industrial Hemp

Information on our industrial hemp research program. 

Vermont Bioenergy Initiative

The Vermont BioEnergy Initiative, a program of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, has additional resources on oil crops for on-farm biodiesel and feed, including the following:

Oilseed Cost and Profit Calculator (A downloadable modeling tool)