Agrisoma partners with Paterson Grain for carinata distribution

By Erin Voegele | April 17, 2012

Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. and Paterson Grain recently announced a partnership agreement for the commercial contracting and distribution of the oilseed crop carinata. According to information released by the companies, carinata is a biofuel feedstock developed by Agrisoma that will be marketed under the brand name Resonance.

Information issued by Agrisoma noted that, under the agreement, Paterson will be the exclusive contracting partner for preserved production of Resonance Western Canada, and that Resonance seed will be distributed through Paterson outlets.

“The commercial introduction of Resonance to the marketplace is the final link in the biojet fuel value chain that connects Canadian growers to airline passengers, with many others performing critical roles in between,” said Steven Fabijanski, president and CEO of Agrisoma, in a published statement. “We are thrilled to have Paterson—a highly respected agricultural company—play such a vital role in this launch.”

While Biodiesel Magazine was unable to reach a representative of Agrisoma for further comment on the feedstock, information published to the company’s website includes a basic description. According to Agrisoma, carinata is commonly known as Ethiopian mustard and is well suited for production in semi-arid areas. It also is described as offering good resistance to insects, disease, heat and drought. The website also noted that the variety of carinata commercialized by Agrisoma produces seeds with an average oil content of 44 percent. The protein content of the crop is 28 percent.

“We’re extremely excited by this partnership with Agrisoma,” said Keith Bruch, vice president of operations for Paterson GlobalFoods. “Not only does Resonance represent an excellent new crop opportunity for growers by giving them a viable alternative for their rotation and enhancing their incomes, but also allows growers to participate in the flourishing bioenergy sector.”

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