House Bill 529 expands use of biodiesel across the Show-Me State
Missouri took a step forward in its support of biodiesel today, March 31. In a bipartisan 88-40 vote, the Missouri Made Fuels Act passed out of the House of Representatives. The bill now joins its companion, Senate Bill 96, for consideration in the upper chamber.
“We’re glad to see this vote and the strong support for the Missouri Made Fuels Act,” said Ronnie Russell, Missouri Soybean Association president and a farmer from Richmond. “Soybean oil is the top component of Missouri-made biodiesel, and that’s win-win for Missouri because soybeans are our number one crop. We appreciate the recognition of biodiesel’s impact across Missouri and the bright future ahead for our economy, rural communities and agriculture.”
House Bill 529 was sponsored by Rep. Mike Haffner of Pleasant Hill and establishes a minimum biodiesel content for all diesel fuel sold or offered for sale in Missouri. The legislation has widespread support among agricultural organizations and businesses, including livestock groups.
Biodiesel is widely recognized for economic and environmental benefits over petroleum-based diesel fuel. Missouri is a national leader in biodiesel production, with seven plants generating roughly 200 million gallons of the renewable fuel per year. In Missouri, biodiesel production and distribution support more than 3,200 jobs and provides a $1.3 billion economic impact. Biodiesel requires no engine modifications or special handling, and produces 86 percent fewer lifecycle greenhouse gases than petroleum-based diesel fuel. The Missouri Soybean Association is a statewide membership organization working to increase the profitability of Missouri soybean farmers through policy, advocacy and education efforts across the state.