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ADM building a canola market in Michigan

New winter canola varieties are helping to build marketing opportunities for Michigan farmers.

Tom Butcher with ADM tells Brownfield the company started to contract with growers in 2020.

“We’re offsetting Western Canada stocks with some of our stocks that we can grow here locally in Michigan and Ontario,” he explains. “We already have a well-established industry use close by locally, so we’ve got a good demand for it.”

He says farmers in four Michigan counties are currently growing the crop and ADM plans to expand.

“We’ve got a few thousand acres that’s being grown in Michigan currently,” he says. “We can expand that quite a bit. We have a lot of demand for the oilseed. We’d like to continue to grow our program, so we are actively seeking more growers.”

Once processed at ADM’s crush facility in Windsor, Ontario, Butcher says much of the canola meal is sold back to area dairy farms for feed.

He says the winter crop fits well in rotations following wheat or corn silage and provides soil health as well as economic benefits for farmers.

AUDIO: Tom Butcher, ADM

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