Soybean Groups Pump Up Biodiesel Use

U.S. burned 25 million gallons of biodiesel last year.

Soy biodiesel continues to gain momentum as more mainstream engine manufacturers endorse its use, according to Chuck Myers, a member of the United Soybean Board.

Myers, a farmer from Lyons and the USB's domestic marketing committee chairman, says USB's efforts using the soybean checkoff have resulted in growing demand for soy biodiesel.

Approximately 700 commercial truck fleets and more than 3,000 U.S. fuel distributors and retailers now carry biodiesel, he says.

The National Biodiesel Board estimates this country used 225 million gallons of biodiesel last year. Projections are for that volume to grow to 300 million gallons for 2007.

According to NBB, more than 20 original equipment manufacturers across the nation endorse soy biodiesel use at various blend levels in their engines. Artic Cat, Case IH, Caterpillar, John Deere, Kubota and New Holland represent just some of the manufacturers that have encouraged soy biodiesel use in their engines.

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