Kansas soybean farmer honored for service to biodiesel industry
The National Biodiesel Board recently recognized Harold Kraus, of Hays, Kan., for his outstanding efforts in advancing the biodiesel industry.
Kraus has served as the primary representative for the Kansas Soybean Commission on the national board for 12 years and is retiring from the position.
“Harold has been a tremendous advocate for the biodiesel industry who will definitely be missed,” NBB chief executive officer Joe Jobe said. “The industry has grown out of infancy to a billion-gallon industry due in large part to the efforts of champions like Mr. Kraus.”
NBB presented Kraus with a Friend of Biodiesel award June 11 at a membership meeting in Washington, D.C.
“Any time your peers pat you on the back you have to feel better,” Kraus said. “When I came on board, there were 55 members. Now, we’re in the hundreds. We’ve got a good number of people, and they’re doing their job.”
Biodiesel is made from an increasingly diverse mix of resources, such as soybean oil, animal fats and recycled cooking oil. It is the first and only “advanced biofuel,” as designated by the Environmental Protection Agency, that is produced on a commercial scale across the United States. It is produced in nearly every state in the country and is used in existing diesel engines without modifying them. In 2012, the biodiesel industry produced more than 1 billion gallons, supporting about 50,000 jobs across the country.
“From the start, the soybean checkoff has played a major role in developing the U.S. biodiesel industry, and soybean farmers like Harold have invested a lot of time, energy and resources into bringing American-made, high-performing biodiesel to the marketplace,” said Dennis Hupe, Kansas Soybean Commission, director of field services. “The award never can express fully the thanks that Harold deserves for his dedication to the development of the biodiesel industry.”