Biodiesel Policy on Track

Cindy Zimmerman2016 Conference, Audio

Biodiesel policy is laser-focused right now on two primary issues – the RFS and the tax incentive – two policies that drive growth in the industry. During an address to the membership at the 2016 National Biodiesel Conference, NBB Vice President of Federal Affairs Anne Steckel said they should take credit in the success of getting higher volumes under the … Read More

Maniscalco Receives Pioneer Award

Cindy Zimmerman2016 Conference, Audio

John Maniscalco, who recently retired as the head of the New York Oil Heating Association after more than 20 years was honored with the Eye on Biodiesel Pioneer award at the 2016 National Biodiesel Conference. Maniscalco received the 2013 Industry Partnership award. Maniscalco was at the forefront of leadership in the heating oil industry, serving as the first treasurer of … Read More

Beth Calabotta Receives Biodiesel Impact Award

Joanna Schroeder2016 Conference, Audio

Beth Calabotta, former Monsanto Director for Bioenergy and currently serving on the National Biodiesel Foundation, was honored during the 2016 National Biodiesel Conference and Expo with the “Eye on Biodiesel” Impact award for her tireless dedication to the advancement of biodiesel. Beth’s experience in the field of agricultural yield technology and the markets that drive demand for protein give her … Read More

Support the National Biodiesel Foundation

Cindy Zimmerman2016 Conference, Audio

The president and executive director of the National Biodiesel Foundation gave an update on the organization’s activities during the second general session of the 2016 National Biodiesel Conference. NBF Executive Director Tom Verry says the priorities for the foundation are sustainability, infrastructure, education and research. “In the past couple of years, sustainability work in California has been a major focus … Read More

Biodiesel Board Chairman Promotes Teamwork

Cindy Zimmerman2016 Conference, Audio

National Biodiesel Board chairman Ron Marr with Minnesota Soybean Processors addressed the second general session of the 2016 National Biodiesel Conference with the message of teamwork to accomplish industry goals. “As a team we have a shared drive and commitment to go out and win,” said Marr. “And as an industry, we have fought hard and had many successes but … Read More

Climate Leader Award Winners

Cindy Zimmerman2016 Conference, Audio

The National Biodiesel Board recognized three organizations in California this year as the Eye on Biodiesel Climate Leader award winners. The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF); Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2); and the American Lung Association were all recognized for their environmental leadership to promote all clean fuels, including biodiesel, along the West Coast. These three organizations, along with other NGOs, bolstered and … Read More

ADM VP Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Cindy Zimmerman2016 Conference, Audio

Mike Livergood is retiring this year from ADM after nearly four decades with the company and for his many years of service to the industry, he received the Eye on Biodiesel Lifetime Achievement award this year. Livergood has been at the forefront of helping develop the biodiesel industry, even before it was commercialized in this country. His work to keep … Read More

RepublicEn: Conservative Climate Realists

Cindy Zimmerman2016 Conference, Audio

Former Republic Congressman Bob Inglis of South Carolina brought his message of conservative climate realism to the 2016 National Biodiesel Conference opening general session. “Free enterprise can solve the problem of climate change,” said Inglis, who talked about the Energy and Enterprise Initiative he founded in 2012. RepublicEn, as it is called, is a nationwide public engagement campaign promoting conservative … Read More

Biodiesel and Yogi Berra

Cindy Zimmerman2016 Conference, Audio, Video

At the opening General Session of the 2016 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Tampa Tuesday, there was a theme of the underdog winning the game – and a promise that biodiesel is in the game to win. “Last year the biodiesel industry demonstrated more than ever that no matter how beat up we are, no matter how outgunned we … Read More

Biodiesel’s Role in Food AND Fuel

Joanna Schroeder2016 Conference, Audio

The myth that biofuels is a choice between food versus fuel is still perpetuated regardless of scientific data showing otherwise. The true fact about biofuels, including biodiesel, is that they produce food AND fuel. #Biodiesel’s role in both providing food and fuel, as well as in reducing carbon, were the topics of a presentation by Don Scott with the National Biodiesel … Read More

Welcome to the 2016 Biodiesel Conference

Cindy Zimmerman2016 Conference, Audio

The sun is shining and the weather is beautiful in Tampa, Florida as the 13th annual 2016 National Biodiesel Conference and Expo gets underway. I had a chance to chat with National Biodiesel Board CEO Joe Jobe as he was in rehearsal for the opening general session on Tuesday and he was pretty excited about new EPA data that consumers … Read More

Making Green Even Greener

Chuck2015 Conference, Audio

The group of Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel can get a little crazy at times. Like in this photo right after their conference luncheon. During their luncheon they heard from a number of professionals in the industry sharing words of wisdom. They were ready to get outside and pose for the camera! One of those student scientists is Amber White … Read More

Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel

Chuck2015 Conference, Audio

The Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel program continues to grow and there were 30 student scientists represented at this year’s conference. Here are the Co-Chairs of the program James Anderson, Southern Illinois University, a PhD student in Agricultural Science; Katie Heil, University of Colorado – Boulder, an undergraduate in Electrical Engineering; Mike Morgan, Utah State University, an undergraduate in Biochemistry … Read More

Leadership Discussion

Chuck2015 Conference, Audio

During this year’s conference featured a discussion with industry CEOs led by Joe Jobe. On the panel were Dan Oh, REG; Gene Gebolys, World Energy and Paul Soanes, Renewable Biofuels. The conference has become very focused on the business of the industry and as you wander around the convention center you’ll see small groups of people having serious business discussions. … Read More

Eye on Biodiesel Award – Inspiration

Chuck2015 Conference, Audio

There are many in the biodiesel industry who serve as inspirations, but maybe none as much as Greg Anderson with the Nebraska Soybean Board. The soybean farmer has been a long-time biodiesel advocate and has shown his full-time devotion to his fellow soybean farmers and the biodiesel industry in so many ways. Even after suffering a near-fatal accident involving a … Read More

Eye on Biodiesel Award – Innovation

Chuck2015 Conference, Audio

It’s many of the innovations that have helped grow biodiesel from what could be considered just a cottage industry not that long ago to the major fuel it is today. During the conference, Tom Butcher from Brookhaven National Laboratory was recognized for his contributions to the industry. He told the group that as a researcher, he has worked on a … Read More

Eye on Biodiesel Award – Influence

Chuck2015 Conference, Audio

Another one of the Eye on Biodiesel Awards from this year’s conference recognizes a man who has been a great influence on the industry in his home state of Minnesota and across the country. Jerry Schoenfeld of Minneapolis-based Greater States Advisors was instrumental in the development, passage, and defense of landmark biodiesel legislation in Minnesota ever since soybean growers came … Read More

Eye on Biodiesel Award – Sen. Al Franken

Chuck2015 Conference, Audio

More recognition from the conference’s the 2015 “Eye on Biodiesel” awards. Sen. Al Franken from Minnesota was honored with the Impact award for his work as a long-time champion for biodiesel in Washington, taking a particular leadership role last year in challenging the EPA’s initial proposal that would have weakened Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes. Sen. Franken has helped organize … Read More

Farmer Bleeds John Deere Green and Loves Green Fuel Biodiesel

Chuck2015 Conference, Audio

A Nebraska farmer who proudly admits he bleeds John Deere green also admits a pretty high affection for the green fuel, biodiesel. Greg Greving, who farms in Central Nebraska and is a board member of the Nebraska Soybean Board, told attendees of the Biodiesel Vehicle Showcase Event, that biodiesel is what powers his equipment. “This fall, my two boys, two … Read More

Hino Hauls Biodiesel Feedstock … on Biodiesel!

Chuck2015 Conference, Audio

Not only does Hino want its trucks to haul the feedstocks that go into making biodiesel, but the big truck maker wants them to get there on biodiesel. “Our 33,000-pound diesel truck can be used by you guys hauling bio stock, and you can run it on a B20 blend, anytime you want,” Spencer Nicol, Hino’s senior manager for strategic … Read More