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Nebraska soybean farmer elected National Biodiesel Board secretary

National Biodiesel Board members selected their association leadership recently as part of the organization’s membership meeting in Washington, D.C. Members voted to fill eight positions on the 15-person board and new officers were elected. Newman Grove, Neb., farmer Greg Anderson remains on the board and was selected as an officer for the upcoming year.

“We’re finally really starting to see biodiesel command a large share of soybean oil, which makes up the share we lost to the trans-fat market a few years back,” says Anderson. “Biodiesel needs to remain very important to Nebraska soybean farmers, because by keeping demand going, it’ll provide that stability the soybean industry desires.”

Dozens of biodiesel stakeholders from across the country met with leaders on Capitol Hill on the Renewable Fuel Standard and to voice strong disappointment with the Barack Obama administration’s recent proposal for next year’s renewable fuels volumes.

Officers elected to lead the board are: Chairman Steven J. Levy; Vice Chairman Ron Marr; Treasurer Mike Cunningham; and Secretary Greg Anderson.

Newly elected governing board members include: Todd Ellis, Imperium Renewables; Kent Engelbrecht, ADM; Gary Haer, Renewable Energy Group; Ed Hegland, Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council; Ron Marr, Minnesota Soybean Processors; Bob Metz, South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council; Robert Stobaugh, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board; and Ed Ulch, Iowa Soybean Association.

The following members continue to serve on the governing board: Greg Anderson, Nebraska Soybean Board; Jennifer Case, New Leaf Biofuel, LLC; Mike Cunningham, American Soybean Association; Brandon Foley, Sanimax Energy; Steven J. Levy, Sprague Operating Resources LLC; Timothy Keaveney, HERO BX; and John Wright, Owensboro Grain Company.

Biodiesel is the first and only commercial-scale fuel produced across the U.S. to meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s definition as an Advanced Biofuel—meaning the EPA has determined that it reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50 percent when compared with petroleum diesel. Produced in nearly every state in the country, the industry has exceeded RFS requirements in every year of the program, producing more than 1 billion gallons annually since 2011. This year’s production is supporting more than 62,000 jobs nationwide. NBB is the U.S. biodiesel trade association.

For more details on biodiesel’s benefits, visit biodiesel.org.

Date: 12/16/2013



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