When it was first promoted as a biofuel source perfect for the Montana plains, camelina looked to many like a weed. Seven tough years later, its persistence is being tested.
The Montana biofuel industry got a jump start Wednesday from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which selected 40 counties for a federally backed camelina insurance.
Federal Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled $45 million for biofuels projects Tuesday, including Montana camelina.
A penny shows the size of tiny camelina seeds in this photo taken at a Montana State University lab in Bozeman. A report out Wednesday shows fewer acres of the crop being planted in Montana.