Ford Wants Biodiesel to Fuel Working Vehicles

Chuck2015 Conference, Audio

Biodiesel has long been a workhouse of the nation’s renewable fuel industry, and Ford Motor Company wants to make sure the green fuel is used in work vehicles that also get things done. “When you think about those trucks, they might not be your daily driver, but you rely on those trucks every day. Those are the trucks that repair … Read More

Volkswagen Aims to Offer Diesel Option in Every Model

Chuck2015 Conference, Audio

The Biodiesel Vehicle Showcase Event at the conference gave attendees a chance to get a sneak peek at what the automakers will be offering in terms of what will be available in the near future, especially in terms of biodiesel compatibility. News from Volkswagen’s Stuart Johnson was certainly music to the ears of those attending. “Our strategy for Volkswagen is … Read More

Quality Brought Biodiesel Industry to Where It Is Today

Chuck2015 Conference, Audio

It’s fuel quality that has brought the biodiesel industry to where it is today. And Scott Fenwick, the National Biodiesel Board’s technical director told attendees of the Biodiesel Vehicle Showcase Event at the conference that the National Biodiesel Accreditation Program (NBAC), better known as BQ-9000, a cooperative and voluntary program for the accreditation of companies that produce, test, and supply … Read More

Biodiesel & Vehicles Showcased at Conference

Chuck2015 Conference, Audio

One of the highlights of this year’s conference, as it is every year, was the Biodiesel Vehicle Showcase Event, where vehicle makers gave us a sneak peek at what’s coming from them that runs on biodiesel. Steve Howell, the National Biodiesel Board’s (NBB) senior technical advisor, said when the industry started more than 20 years ago, they had a very … Read More

Eye on Biodiesel Award – Pioneer

Chuck2015 Conference, Audio

Last year the biodiesel industry lost a pioneer who has had a huge impact. He was honored with this year’s Eye on Biodiesel – Pioneer Award. On stage to honor him were several people for whom he had a very personal impact and accepting the award was his brother Scott Hanks. Dallas Hanks. The biodiesel industry lost a true pioneer … Read More

Legislative Update and Panel Discussion

Chuck2015 Conference, Audio

Conference attendees got a very good legislative update this morning from Anne Steckel, NBB, Vice President of Federal Affairs. Her session included a question and answer session with Byron Dorgan, a senior policy advisor, author, professor, and former Senator from North Dakota and Kenny Hulshof, Vice Chair for Public Policy at Polsinelli, and is a former Congressman from Missouri. Anne … Read More

Former Missouri Governor Matt Blunt

Chuck2015 Conference, Audio

Former Missouri Governor Matt Blunt joined us during the conference today. Here he is pictured with a few members from the Missouri Soybean Association right after doing a ride & drive with some new biodiesel powered cars and trucks. Matt is now the President of the American Automotive Policy Council and lives in Virginia. By the way, he also has … Read More

NBB Chair Encourages Members

Chuck2015 Conference, Audio

The Chair for the National Biodiesel Board is Steven Levy, Sprague Operating Resources. He took to the stage this morning in our general session to provide an inspiring message to members who have been facing some serious odds in the last couple years. But he told everyone about how important it is to keep trying in order to obtain success … Read More

Meet the Press with Joe Jobe

Chuck2015 Conference, Audio

After this morning’s general session NBB CEO Joe Jobe met with the press. This gave reporters a chance to ask specific questions about not only his earlier speech but also more background and details on what is happening (or not happening) with the RFS and tax credits. Listening in will give you a good sense for what kinds of questions … Read More

NBB CEO Fires Up Conference Attendees

Chuck2015 Conference, Audio

Talking about how much the truth matters and calling once more for cooperation from the petroleum industry on the RFS, Joe Jobe, CEO, National Biodiesel Board, got attendees fired up this morning during his opening general session speech. He received a standing ovation at the end of the speech when he loudly proclaimed: 2015 is the year we get back … Read More

Young Scientist’s Share Passion for Biodiesel

Jamie Johansen2014 Conference, Audio

Students from across the country took advantage of this year’s National Biodiesel Conference and presented their research to gain feed back and awareness of the biodiesel industry. This opportunity also allowed them to network with fellow researchers and learn more about the biodiesel community. Chuck met up with three of the young people and they shared what sparked their interest … Read More

Biodiesel’s Role in Bio-based Products

Jamie Johansen2014 Conference, Audio

Director of bio-based products for the United Soybean Board (USB), Michael Erker, was one of the many attendees of the 2014 National Biodiesel Conference. He works with many bio-based products including biodiesel. He gives insights into what bio-based products that contain biodiesel include and shares how involved USB is in funding biodiesel research. “When we talk about bio-based products made … Read More

Biodiesel Foundation’s Never Ending Support

Jamie Johansen2014 Conference, Audio

It is easy to say that many of the promotional opportunities we see from the biodiesel industry wouldn’t be possible without the Biodiesel Foundation. During the 2014 National Biodiesel Conference the foundation was hard at work to raise money in order to increase awareness. Beth Calabotta, Vice President of the Biodiesel Foundation, shared with Chuck in an interview that their … Read More

Farm Polices Impact on Precision Ag

Jamie Johansen2014 Conference, Audio

Member of the National Corn Growers Association Board and director of Western Iowa Energy, LLC, Kevin Ross, chatted with Chuck after the opening session at the 2014 National Biodiesel Conference. They discuss farm policy and how precision agriculture technology has impacted his farming operation where he raises cattle and grows corn and soybeans. Kevin shared that if we don’t move … Read More

Growing Use of Technology for Growers

Jamie Johansen2014 Conference, Audio

Commodity groups across the country also took interest in the happenings at the recent National Biodiesel Conference. Frank Legner, Legner Farms is a member of the Illinois Soybean Association and attended the conference to relay the update on biodiesel to growers in Illinois. He talks about how he uses precision agriculture on his farm where they grow 50/50 soybeans and … Read More

Algae Biodiesel Fuel From Utah State

Jamie Johansen2014 Conference, Audio

Rhesa Ledbetter from Utah State University was one of the students who attended the 2014 National Biodiesel Conference. Chuck caught up with her for an interview and she explains her research in algae biodiesel fuel. Rhesa finished her master’s in micro-biology and then decided she wanted to do a project that was really applied. To her biodiesel products seemed to … Read More

Gas Hole’s Impact on the Industry

Jamie Johansen2014 Conference, Audio

When Jeremy Wagner and Scott Roberts made the movie Gas Hole a couple of years ago, they had no idea the impact it would have. During the recent 2014 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo the co-directors/producers presented to attendees, showed an extended excerpt from the movie and did a little Q & A. Chuck caught up with the team and … Read More

Chrysler Features 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jamie Johansen2014 Conference, Audio

Chrysler featured their new B20-approved 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel during the Vehicle Showcase. It’s equipped with a 3.0L EcoDiesel engine and boasting a best-in-class highway fuel economy rating of up to 30 mpg, running over 730 miles on one tank of fuel. Chrysler/Jeep’s, Brad Beauchamp is the Vocational Account Executive for the Energy Segment of the Chrysler Group LLC. … Read More

Hino Trucks Highlight New Game-Changer

Jamie Johansen2014 Conference, Audio

During the 2014 National Biodiesel Conference, Hino Trucks showcased their new game-changer: the Hino COE 195h hybrid truck at the Vehicle Showcase. The COE 195h is making its mark in the medium duty truck segment running clean and quiet on B20 biodiesel blends and electric power. Hino Trucks’ Spencer Nicol is the senior manager for Hino’s Strategic Product Applications. Spencer … Read More

Ford Displays America’s Best-Selling Truck

Jamie Johansen2014 Conference, Audio

Ford Motor Company presented its brand new 2014 Ford F350 Super Duty during the Vehicle Showcase. The F350 Super Duty has been America’s best-selling truck for over 35 straight years, built Ford tough and approved for use with B20 biodiesel blends. Steve Kelley is Fleet Manager for Mossy Ford San Diego. He shares insights into Ford’s new F350 and walks … Read More