SOUTH AMERICA- Agricultural commodities trader Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC) and Global Clean Energy Holdings, Inc. will jointly embark on promoting the sustainable cultivation of Camelina sativa (camelina) in Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay.
This strategic partnership fosters the expansion of Global Clean Energy’s camelina production activities to South America and reinforces LDC’s position as a supplier of choice for quality seeds among farmers in the region.
Camelina is a flowering plant occasionally known as wild flax and is used as an ultra-low carbon feedstock for renewable fuel production and as an ingredient for high protein animal feed production.
According to the two partners, this oilseed has a short production cycle that allows it to be incorporated into existing crop rotations as a cover crop while helping to preserve soil health prior to sowing summer crops such as corn or soy.
“The addition of Global Clean Energy’s camelina varieties to LDC’s seed portfolio also represents another positive step in LDC’s global sustainability journey, as camelina oil is a feedstock for the production of renewable biofuels, thus contributing to the global energy transition,” said Pablo Autilio, LDC’s global Head of Seeds.
Under the agreement, LDC and Global Clean Energy will work exclusively on the origination and processing of camelina in Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay.
Building on its existing production in North America and Europe, Global Clean Energy will manage seed breeding operations to improve camelina varieties in the region, supply camelina seed, and provide agronomic support to farmers participating in the program.
Global Clean Energy has worked on camelina breeding in North America and Europe for over 15 years, and after testing 20 proprietary camelina varieties in Argentina over the last two years, the company has identified the best varieties to market in the region.
On the other hand, LDC will manage origination activities and contracts with farmers ensuring that all production has the corresponding sustainability certification, as well as post-harvest logistics and processing into meal and oil.
Camelina meal will go toward animal feed production while camelina oil will be processed into renewable fuels, which will ultimately reduce carbon emissions in transportation and aviation sectors in the region and around the world.
LDC and Global Clean Energy representatives have held six technical conferences with more than 200 agricultural producers in Argentina so far, sharing key crop characteristics and insights on crop management, as well as a commercial offer for the 2023 harvest.
“After years of development, we are excited to expand the commercial growth of our camelina business into South America through this agreement with LDC,” Global Clean Energy CEO Richard Palmer said.
“Together with LDC, we expect this crop to generate additional revenues for the entire agricultural community in this region, while furthering clean fuel production and improving soil health in the process,” Palmer added.