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CDN Bio Fuel Maker and Qantas Airlines Sign First-Ever Farm to Flight Deal

GATINEAU, QC, Nov. 17, 2017 /CNW/ – Farmers in Australia will soon be growing a Canadian oilseed used to make bio jet fuel thanks to a new “farm to flight” deal between Quebec-based Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., and Qantas Airlines.

The partnership is the first of its kind in Australia and will see Agrisoma work with Australian farmers to grow the Carinata seed, a non-food, industrial type of mustard seed that produces high-quality oil ideal for renewable aviation jet fuel and renewable diesel fuel.

“Our long-term goal with this partnership is to grow the crop at a target of 400,000 hectares which will ultimately produce more than 200 million litres of bio jet fuel for the airline, says Steven Fabijanski, Agrisoma’s Ph.D. President and CEO.

In 2018, to demonstrate the benefits of Agrisoma’s biofuel, Qantas will operate the world’s first bio-fuel flight between the United States and Australia.

“We are constantly looking for ways to reduce carbon emissions across our operations but when it comes to using renewable jet fuel, until now, there has not been a locally grown option at the scale we need to power our fleet,” says CEO Qantas International, Alison Webster

Renewable jet fuel is chemically equivalent to and meets the same technical, performance and safety standards as conventional jet fuel.

How it Works

Carinata is a ‘drop-in’ crop and requires no specialised production or processing techniques, uses little water. Field trials in Gatton, Queensland and Bordertown, South Australia, have demonstrated it should do very well in the Australian climate. It is sown either in fallow areas where crops fail or in-between regular crop cycles, known as “cover cropping.” Rotational or cover cropping improves soil quality, reduces erosion for food crops and provides farmers with additional annual income.

The Australian plan is based upon Agrisoma’s current commercial production of Carinata being grown in the USA and South America supplying the European renewable fuels market and Non-GMO animal feed demand.

When crushed, the seed also produces a secondary benefit to farmers; a high protein, non-GMO meal for the expanding Australian livestock, dairy and poultry market.

Note to editors:

In 2012 Qantas and Jetstar operated Australia’s first biofuel trial flights. Qantas’ A330 Sydney-Adelaide return service and Jetstar’s A320 Melbourne-Hobart return service were both powered with biofuel derived from used cooking oil (split with 50:50 conventional jet fuel) certified for use in commercial aviation.

SOURCE Agrisoma Biosciences Inc.

For further information:

Media contact: Qantas: Ingrid Just, +61-477-355-600, ingrid.just@qantas.com.au; Agrisoma: Darryl Konynenbelt, (011)+61+416-647-4340, dkonynenbelt@navltd.com

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Bismark Tribune: Farmers harvest jet fuel

Farmers in Western North Dakota planted their first 6,000 acres of carinata, a variety of mustard seed and alternative crop to canola that can be made into a biofuel.

“Yields are looking pretty good,” said Garret Groves, of Canadian seed producer Agrisoma Biosciences. “We’ve had some stuff we’re really happy with, and we’ve had some stuff that’s been OK.”

Read more from the Bismark Tribune: http://bismarcktribune.com/business/local/farmers-harvest-jet-fuel/article_571de09b-75f1-5252-a506-73ed57bcf05b.html

Williston Herald: What if a mustard seed could make jet fuel?

At least six thousand acres in western North Dakota and eastern Montana have been contracted by Canadian seed producer Agrisoma Biosciences to grow Brassica carinata, a type of mustard whose tiny seeds are crushed to produce jet fuel. The company hopes farmers in the MonDak will like the crop enough to ramp up production toward a goal of 50,000 acres planted in the U.S. next year…

Read more in the Williston Herald: http://www.willistonherald.com/community/what-if-a-mustard-seed-could-make-jet-fuel/article_91509c06-3ab9-11e5-bea0-abc7fe0d9f67.html

Agrisoma Biosciences Growing Crops for Biofuel in ND

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

http://www.kfyrtv.com/home/headlines/KFYR-Agrisoma-Biosciences-Growing-Crops-for-Biofuel-in-ND-306199281.html

Tri-State Neighbor: Researchers tout oilseed’s potential in South Dakota

South Dakota State University researchers and extension specialists are beginning the fourth year of planting carinata in test plots across the state. Pronounced “care-in-ata,” the Ethiopian mustard seed is being looked at as a renewable way to make diesel and jet fuel.

The timing is right for the crop to take off. Around the world, the aviation industry has set a goal of being carbon neutral by 2020, and making jet fuel with a blend of biofuel is a way to do it.

Read more in the Tri-State Neighbor: http://www.tristateneighbor.com/news/crop/researchers-tout-oilseed-s-potential-in-south-dakota/article_1dc57ac2-f81a-11e4-a0c3-2b9c23f7998e.html

Biofuels Digest: Agrisoma Biosciences management acquires 22% stake via equity …

Agrisoma Biosciences announced that a group led by its management team has made an equity investment in the company that gives it a 22 percent stake in the company. The group includes key members of Agrisoma’s senior management, board members and advisors.

Resonance Carinata, the company’s lead product, is the world’s only RSB-certified (Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials) sustainable oilseed crop, providing a source of sustainable oil for renewable fuels and other products, in addition to a high-protein animal feed by-product.

Read more in Biofuels Digest: http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2015/04/16/agrisoma-biosciences-management-acquires-22-stake-via-equity-investment/

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Agrisoma Biosciences Announces Management Equity Investment

Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., the agriculture technology company that commercialized Resonance Carinata®, the world’s first non-food sustainable crop for renewable energy, announced that a group led by its management team has made an equity investment in the company that gives it a 22 percent stake in the company.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/agrisoma-biosciences-announces-management-equity-investment-300066304.html

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The Prairie Star: Agrisoma looking for carinata growers

The U.S. Navy is one organization that has a goal of serving half of its energy needs with biofuel sources by 2020, according to Agrisoma Biosciences of Canada.

Brassica carinata or Ethiopian mustard is a crop that Agrisoma is looking for growers in eastern Montana/western North Dakota to grow.

According to Garret Groves of Agrisoma, the company hopes to find growers for 50,000 acres of carinata in 2015.

http://www.theprairiestar.com/agrisoma-looking-for-carinata-growers/article_a4a78458-ae24-11e4-adfc-87d4930eb818.html

Ag-West Bio: Agrisoma receives the Gold Leaf Award

During BIO International in San Diego on June 24, Agrisoma Biosciences was presented with the Gold Leaf ‘Company of the Year’ Award for its ability to commercialize Barassica carinata, also known as Ethiopian mustard seed. Presented annually by Canada’s national biotechnology industry association, BIOTECanada, this prestigious award is given to a company who has made a significant contribution to the biotechnology industry.

http://www.agwest.sk.ca/blog/posts/Soaring-High-Above-the-Competition-Agrisoma-Receives-Gold-Leaf-Award.html

NRC: Science sends Mustard Seeds to New Heights

Brassica carinata or “carinata” is an industrial oilseed mustard crop that has become a star in the aerospace and agricultural arenas. It can be sustainably produced in the semi-arid conditions of the southern Prairies not suited for other oilseed crops. With support from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP), Saskatchewan-based Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. has successfully demonstrated commercial-scale cultivation and processing of carinata, and expects to bring new products to market in record time.
Read more: http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/irap/success/2013/agrisoma_biosciences.html