Crop Insurance Confusion Over Carinata Cleared Up

January 28, 2016 01:17 PM

The federal government has finalized procedures to insure a new crop that's being grown to produce jet fuel.

Farmers in North Dakota last year planted 6,000 acres of the mustard seed variety known as carinata, but insurance agents were unclear about how to go about insuring it.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that beginning this year, the crop can be insured under canola and rapeseed crop insurance provisions.

Dave Archer at the federal agriculture research lab in Mandan says the government recognized that the crop is gaining in popularity.

Canadian seed producer Agrisoma Biosciences contracted with North Dakota farmers for last year's acreage and has a goal of 50,000 acres of carinata this year.

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