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Posted on August 2, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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JON SATZ OF Woods Market Garden in Brandon speaks to a crowd on Tuesday about his experience growing sunflower seeds and soybeans and harvesting their oil for use as a food product and for producing energy. University of Vermont Extension researchers also spoke about their production research. Independent photo/Andrea Suozzo

BRANDON — What’s the big deal with sunflowers and soybeans?

Plenty, according to Jon Satz of Woods Market Garden in Brandon. Satz spoke about the cultivation of oilseed plants to a group of some 20 people last Tuesday, at an event sponsored by the University of Vermont Extension System.

Satz added sunflowers to his vegetable growing rotation in 2009, then added soybeans the following year. He was curious about the potential for growing a crop that could be turned into oil for energy.

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