“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, past-chairman of MSMC

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 fourth 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 211 million gallons.

“The local demand created by biodiesel production plants in the state has benefited Missouri soybean farmers”—Ray Massey, agricultural economist at University of Missouri Extension’s Commercial Agriculture Program

With Missouri biodiesel, consumers can expect a consistent, high quality, environmentally friendly product that is good for the economy in every gallon. Missouri’s commercial supply of biodiesel exceeds the BQ9000 standards, due to our State Department of Agriculture nation leading fuel quality testing programs.

Biodiesel production does not compete with human or livestock food sectors. On average, soybeans are comprised of 20 percent oil and 80 percent soybean meal. The meal is a primary component of many animal feeds and as an ingredient in foods for human consumption. Beyond biodiesel, soybean oil often goes into the production of industrial plastics and lubricants.

Fast Facts:

  • Biodiesel is approved by all original engine manufacturers. If you like to see what biodiesel blends are acceptable in your diesel system, according to the Original Engine Manufacturer (OEM), visit National Biodiesel Board.
  • Biodiesel has lower emissions compared to petroleum diesel, including 86 percent fewer lifecycle greenhouse gases, 47 percent less particulate matter and a 67 percent reduction in hydrocarbon emissions.
  • Biodiesel is the only alternative fuel to have fully completed the health effects testing requirements of the Clean Air Act.
  • Biodiesel is less toxic than table salt and biodegrades as fast as sugar.
  • Biodiesel is made in Missouri from a crop our farmers raise across the state – soybeans.

Economic Benefits:

  • When reviewing the high costs associated with other alternative fuel systems, many fleet managers have determined biodiesel is their least-cost-strategy.
  • Use of biodiesel does not require major engine modifications. That means operators keep their fleets, their spare parts inventories, their refueling stations and their skilled mechanics.
  • Biodiesel supports demand for soybean oil, reducing the cost of soybean meal, an important feedstock, for livestock producers.

Support the fuel you help produce
When you use soy biodiesel, you not only help protect the environment – you also help protect your bottom line.  Visit one of the many stations that carry soy-based biofuel and make the switch today. To see a  list of Missouri Biodiesel Public Retailers and their available blends, click here. If you know of a retailer that is not listed, please contact Missouri Soybeans so that station can be listed.

What blend of Biodiesel is suitable for your diesel system?

If you like to see what biodiesel blends are acceptable in your diesel system, according to the Original Engine Manufacturer (OEM),  see this summary list compiled by the National Biodiesel Board. The list includes basic summary statements from OEM’s as well as reference links from each manufacturer.

Product Research

The MSMC, along with partners such as the University of Missouri-Columbia, boast one of the top production research programs in the country. See how the MSMC and USB are working to boost your yields.

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