“I think this is a very viable project,” he said. “I would like to see it taken on as a community issue. People could do it themselves, but economically, it is much more advantageous for several people to go together to purchase the equipment and pool their time to make this happen.”

He will have an opportunity to demonstrate the process this year. As part of the NRCS grant, he will be putting his whole operation on a trailer, and in conjunction with the conservation district press, travel the region and conduct demonstrations at a variety of locations and events.

Eventually, he said, he would like to see the concept of small oil processing plants be adopted by more than the farming community.

“It is one of the answers to the fuel issues we’re facing as a nation,” he said. “We can take the dependency on foreign oil away.”

Camp agrees that it would take many, many acres of oilseed crops to completely replace petroleum-based fuels with biodiesel in the U.S., “but we can certainly make a large dent in it, and that gives us a stability as a nation and in each of the communities that does this.”