Sustainable Oils Is World's Leading Camelina Seed Company

Sustainable Oils LLC, a company headquartered in Great Falls, is known to be the world's leading camelina seed company for renewable diesel production.

According to, it owns an industry leading portfolio of property rights, including patents and production know-how, to produce its proprietary varieties of camelina as a nonfood based ultra-low carbon biofuels feedstock. Renewable diesel made from Sustainable Oils Camelina is a high-demand drop-in fuel that meets all specifications for modern engines, similar to diesel produced from petroleum.

Tavin Schneider, Sustainable Oils assistant breeder, works to support the breeding program through field and chamber trialing, quality testing, and project management.

Sustainable Oils has recently acquired a refinery in Bakersfield, CA, and they are looking to increase the acres of camelina grown in Montana. Sustainable Oils is also looking at winter varieties and herbicide resistant varieties in camelina.

2022 was the first year that the company grew camelina commercially in eastern Montana. In 2021, growers in Montana, Kansas and Colorado planted Sustainable Oils Camelina with favorable results.

"We look forward to working with those farmers again and are also looking to increase our acreages there in 2023. We currently have delivery points in Wolf Point and Glendive to support our farmers in the region," said Schneider.

MSU is conducting a fertility trial, evaluating many different nitrogen and sulfur rates applied to camelina production. "Fertilizer expenses are a major consideration when growers are making cropping decisions. We believe camelina fertility requirements will be relatively low when compared to other crops," added Schneider.

The company targets fallow acres across Montana and the high plains. By targeting fallow acres, they are offering the opportunity to turn otherwise idle land into profitable acres for growers.

"Our team works closely with camelina producers to establish, manage, harvest, and deliver their crop."

Their breeding efforts focus on developing varieties suited for specific soil and environmental conditions, improving the oil profiles for more efficient refining, and including tolerance traits to make more acres available for camelina production.

For more information on Sustainable Oils, visit their website at


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