“The Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council began investing checkoff dollars into biodiesel research in 1991 and we were the first group to do so. Now biodiesel is produced around the country and is creating additional demand for soybean oil.” –David Lueck, Alma
Since 1991, the biodiesel industry has grown nationally through the research and promotion efforts of the soybean industry and its partners. In 1992, The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) was formed with the support of the soybean checkoff. Today, it serves the important role of coordinating the research and development of biodiesel in the United States.
“Biodiesel is a domestically produced, clean-burning, renewable substitute for petroleum diesel. Using biodiesel as a vehicle fuel increases energy security, improves public health and the environment, and provides safety benefits.” – U.S. Dept. of Energy Alternative Fuels Data Center
Missouri is a national leader, ranking third in biodiesel production capacity and second in production. Seven Missouri biodiesel plants produce roughly 200 million gallons of the renewable fuel per year, with growth on the horizon as plants continue to expand pushing Missouri’s estimated annual capacity value upwards of 250 million gallons.
- Domestically Produced – Biodiesel is a renewable fuel made in Missouri using agricultural feedstocks such as soybean oil. Click here to find biodiesel across the state.
- Good for the Economy – The biodiesel industry supports more than 3,200 jobs and provides a $1.7 billion economic impact for Missouri.
- Clean Burning – Biodiesel produces 86% fewer lifecycle green house gases, creates 47% less particulate matter and reduces hydrocarbon emissions by 67%. Click here for more information on the sustainability and environmental benefits of biodiesel.
- Year-Round Use – Biodiesel can be used in diesel vehicles year-round and requires no different cold weather management practices than petroleum-based diesel fuel. Click here to see the truth about this and other biodiesel myths.
- Cost Savings for Livestock Producers – Biodiesel production has driven demand for soybean oil and increased supply and reduced cost of meal. This led to a $5 billion savings in feed over the five years for livestock producers.
- Approved by Original Engine Manufacturers – Biodiesel is approved by all original engine manufacturers and can be used in existing diesel engines. Click here to learn more about this and other biodiesel myths.
- Increased Lubricity and Cetane –Biodiesel offers superior lubricity and higher cetane value than petroleum-based diesel fuel.