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Life of North American Jewry in Review

July 1, 1934
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A #sisan Jew, now a resident here, ###s visions of bringing a new in##stry into Minnesota which may #rovide a profitable field for farm##rs unable to get cost of production for their grains, according to ###n exclusive story published by ###e Minneapolis Star.

Louis J. Weinberg, an electrician by trade, has patented a process for extracting vegetable oils in commercial quantities from sun-flower seed, hemp and rape #eed, which he expects to manufacture into soap, paint foundations, pressed oil cakes for live#ock and for edible purposes.

The idea for the new industry is one that has been in Weinberg’s mind since he was a boy in Trostinetz, Podolsk, Russia. He had seen how the Russians extracted the oil from hemp seed. He discussed the possibilities of extracting oil on a large scale with his father. It became a dream for both, but it was difficult in Russia to start such a project, and Weinberg’s father was the victim of a Polish pogrom, being killed before he could accomplish anything.


According to Weinberg, there are great possibilities in the growing of sunflower seed, hemp and rape seed, and in the extraction of their oils.

From the sunflower seed, besides the edible oil, he expects to manufacture a breakfast food from the cake, claiming that such a food would be extremely high in food value. The cake resulting from the extracting of oil from hemp seed, he claimed, is worth three times the raw material as animal feed, being a milk-maker as well as a fattener.

That the idea is practical is borne out by letters Weinberg has received from Dr. C. A. Gortner. bio-chemist at the University of Minnesota, and J. H. Hay, Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture for Minnesota, in which they indicate that his ideas are sound. The State of Minnesota has offered him idle lands to experiment in the growing of hemp. He has been asked to start the project in Wisconsin, but desires to give it to Minnesota.

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