BOZEMAN, Mont., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ — Sustainable Oils has added a veteran Montana agriculture professional to its team focused on building camelina production and marketing opportunities for farmers. Mike Waring joined the company on October 1 as territory sales manager focused on Montana and North Dakota. Waring will be responsible for contracting camelina production acres and providing technical and agronomic assistance to growers.
Sustainable Oils, a joint venture between Targeted Growth and Green Earth Fuels, was launched in late 2007 and is focused on the research, development and commercialization of camelina for biodiesel production. Camelina, a relative of canola, requires less water and other inputs than many crops and can be harvested with traditional equipment. When managed properly, camelina protects the soil profile for food crop rotations. Therefore, camelina is complementary with traditional food crops and creates a food plus fuels scenario.
“We are excited about the addition of Mike Waring to our team. He brings more than 25 years of experience in Montana agriculture and will be a tremendous resource in building profitable opportunities for growers,” said Scott Johnson, general manager, Sustainable Oils.
Waring has spent 26 years in Montana agriculture, most recently as a sales representative with Nichino America where he was responsible for launching a new territory in Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota. He spent 20 years as a sales representative with Bayer CropScience and its predecessor companies with responsibility for leading sales, marketing and technical services in Montana. He also served as an agronomist and fertilizer plant manager at agricultural retail businesses in Fort Benton and Big Sandy, Montana.
“I’ve been involved with Montana agriculture my entire career, and I’m looking forward to helping develop a sustainable production base and market for camelina here,” said Waring. “It is exciting to see the potential this new crop holds for farmers as well as for reducing our nation’s dependence on foreign oil.”
Waring is a graduate of Montana State University, and recently completed a three-year term on the Montana State College of Agriculture Development Board. He has been an active member of Montana agricultural organizations, serving on the board of directors of the Montana Agricultural Business Association and the Montana Grain Growers Association.
About Sustainable Oils
Sustainable Oils, Inc. is a producer and marketer of renewable, environmentally clean, and high-value camelina-based biodiesel. A joint venture between Targeted Growth, Inc., a renewable energy bioscience company, and Green Earth Fuels, a vertically integrated biodiesel energy company, Sustainable Oils is focused on the continued research and development of dedicated energy crops such as camelina. Sustainable Oils solidly supports both agricultural and green energy initiatives with camelina, which is efficiently and economically grown even on marginal lands, harvested with traditional equipment, and requires minimal water.
About Targeted Growth
Targeted Growth uses agricultural bioscience to enable the long term success of renewable fuels such as biodiesel and ethanol. This includes technology that improves the traits of crops themselves (yield increases, drought resistance, fertilizer requirements, etc.) and the ultimate performance of those crops once converted into biofuels (efficiency of refining, fuel performance characteristics). In addition, the company also develops, grows and markets biofuel specific crops (such as camelina) that are optimized and continually improved for use specifically as a feedstock for biofuels. The company has strategic partnerships with leading researchers and agribusinesses around the world. Targeted Growth is based in Seattle, Washington, with labs in Seattle, Saskatchewan, Ottawa and New Brunswick. More information is available at www.targetedgrowth.com.
About Green Earth Fuels
Green Earth Fuels is a global, vertically integrated biodiesel energy company providing the requisite product quality, scalability, and streamlined logistics to reliably supply leading energy companies with renewable, environmentally clean and high-value biodiesel fuel and byproducts. Led by a team of energy industry veterans with decades of experience in global energy development and energy portfolio management, Green Earth Fuels is based in Houston, Texas, and is majority owned by Riverstone Holdings, LLC, The Carlyle Group, and Goldman Sachs. More information is available at www.greenearthfuelsllc.com.
SOURCE Sustainable Oils