Nebraska Soybean leaders attend National Biodiesel Conference
Nine Nebraska Soybean Board directors and ex-officios attended the 10th annual National Biodiesel Conference & Expo, Feb. 4 to 7 in Las Vegas, Nev. The Nebraska Soybean leaders represented state soybean growers to learn about the latest biodiesel policy developments, technical advances, sustainability initiatives and more.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and former U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan--both strong advocates of biofuels--delivered keynote addresses at the conference, stressing the importance of biofuels to the future of America.
"We are excited to be part of this important event because it gives us the opportunity to interact with industry leaders, technical experts, and farmers from other parts of the country, said Greg Anderson, Nebraska soybean farmer and National Biodiesel Board Governing Board Member from Newman Grove. "The dialogue and exchange of information will help the biodiesel industry continue to move forward. Biodiesel is uniquely positioned to reduce dependence on foreign oil, while creating opportunities for farmers and revitalized job growth in small towns."
The NBB celebrated its 20th anniversary at the 2013 conference. The event showcased the history of U.S. biodiesel while maintaining a focus on where the industry is headed.
"The theme of the 2013 conference, MOMENTUM, was aptly chosen," said Joe Jobe, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board, the nonprofit trade association that hosts the annual event. "At 1.1 billion gallons and climbing, biodiesel has become a true force in our nation's fuel supply. Our February conference set the stage for capturing that momentum and moving us forward."
NSB directors attending the Conference include: Richard Bartek, Ithaca; Mark Caspers, Auburn; Greg Greving, Chapman; Terry Horky, Sargent; Gregg Fujan, Weston; Mike Korth, Randolph; Loyd Pointer, Sargent; Greg Anderson, Newman Grove; and Norm Husa, Barneston.
Biodiesel is an advanced biofuel made from sustainable resources such as soybean oil, recycled cooking oil and other fats and oils. It is the first and only EPA-designated Advanced Biofuel produced on a commercial scale across the country. The National Biodiesel Board is funded in part by the United Soybean Board and state soybean board checkoff programs.
The nine-member Nebraska Soybean Board collects and disburses the Nebraska share of funds generated by the one half of one percent times the net sales price per bushel of soybeans sold. Nebraska soybean checkoff funds are invested in research, education, domestic and foreign markets, including new uses for soybeans and soybean products.
For more on the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo, please visit Biodieselconference.com.