Keynote Speaker Dr. John Stoessinger

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The keynote speaker here at the Conference today was Dr. John Stoessinger. He is an author of books like “Why Nations Go To War.” I think he has a very interesting story to tell and I interviewed him about his message to this audience. One of the things he focuses on is summed up by the word “gratitude.” He has … Read More

Chairman’s Report

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NBB Chairman Darryl Brinkmann took to the stage today and gave us a great overview of what the organization is doing. He mentioned that the word biodiesel is now in the dictionary for the first time. You can learn a lot about what NBB is doing, especially in the area of quality control. Darryl talks about the growth of the … Read More

DaimlerChrysler Announcement

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DaimlerChrysler representative Deb Morrissett was on hand again this year and spoke at this morning’s general session. She made an announcement that the company would provide a nice purchase incentive for NBB board and staff members as a way to show support and thanks for all the work they do to help further the promotion and development of biodiesel. I … Read More

Governing Board

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The Governing Board of the National Biodiesel Board was honored on stage this morning. These people represent all segments of the biodiesel industry and were featured in a very well done video presentation where they basically provided testimony to what the organization is doing in a personal way. Biodiesel Conference Blog sponsored by Share this:ShareEmailPrint

Ride and Drive Time

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The Ride & Drive is bigger and better than ever here at the Conference this year. If you want, you can drive any of several vehicles like this EcoTrek Biodiesel Hummer H2 SUT. You can see a list of all the vehicles involved here: Ride & Drive List (pdf file) If you’re interested you can also see a list of … Read More

Emily Richards has arrived

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At the Merle Haggard concert last night tonight’s music arrived on the scene. It’s Emily Richards (center) and her band. They’ll be playing this evening and I’m really looking forward to it. Emily played an awesome concert last year. She’s going to stop by the media room today for an interview which I’ll post for you later. She said she’s … Read More

Volkswagen Sponsors Merle Haggard

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Volkswagen was the sponsor of last night’s Merle Haggard concert. Several representatives from the company were on hand. Pictured are (left to right) Dr. Norbert Krause, Director of Engineering and Environmental Office for Volkswagen of America, Kristen Cleven, Volkswagen Governmental Affairs, Merle and Davide Geanacopoulos, Director of Industry/Government Relations. Volkswagen is a gold sponsor of the Conference and supplied 2 … Read More

Merle Haggard Rocks With Biodiesel

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One of the newest stars to advocate biodiesel is Merle Haggard. The legendary country star performed for attendees at this year’s Conference after meeting with the press and the board of the National Biodiesel Board. Before coming to the auditorium where he performed though his bus got a fill up with biodiesel. During the press conference Merle said that he … Read More

Interview With The Chairman

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The chairman of the National Biodiesel Board is Darryl Brinkmann, seen here on the left during a rehearsal session yesterday with Larry Hagman and Daryl Hannah. I spoke with Darryl today about how this conference is growing and what he sees as challenges facing the biodiesel business even in light of all the growth that’s taking place. Darryl says that … Read More

Representatives Rock The House

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At this morning’s general session a panel discussion was held that featured U. S. Representatives, Collin Peterson (D-MN), Kenny Hulshof (R-MO), Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) and Dave Wheldon (R-FL). These are also the members of The Second Amendments, the band that played at half time during the Super Bowl party yesterday. They talked about their vision of our nation’s energy future. … Read More

XM Bill Mack Show Live From San Antonio

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The Bill Mack show on XM Radio is being done live here at the conference each day on the trade show floor. Joe Jobe and Daryl Hannah were guests this morning after the opening session. This video starts out with Joe doing a Convoy rendition but it gets better after that. Biodiesel Conference Blog sponsored by Share this:ShareEmailPrint

Media Room Walk Through

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Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the closed door of the media room at a conference like this? This video provides you with a glimpse. I did a little walk through of the media room when it was in full action this morning. When you get multiple broadcasts going off at the same time it can get pretty … Read More

John Deere Interview

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As you know by now, the sponsor of the Biodiesel Conference Blog is John Deere. I met with Don Borgman, John Deere representative attending the conference this morning and recorded the interview you can watch above. If it’s not available yet, just give it a few minutes since I just uploaded it. I also recorded it as an audio interview … Read More

Michael Peterson Interview

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Okay. So I lied. Here’s Joe again. This time with Michael Peterson. Michael is a country music star who is a very passionate supporter of farmers. He’s here with us this week and I got a few minutes with him during half time of the Super Bowl. See if you can hear the passion in his voice when he talks … Read More

Hogging The Publicity

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I promise I won’t post another picture of Joe Jobe for at least a few minutes. There’s a big trade show here at the conference and you’ll not only find companies involved in the production and promotion of biodiesel exhibiting here but some unusual vehicles like this one Joe is posing on. It says it’s the Bootlegger and it even … Read More

Larry Hagman Interview

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Renewable energy advocate Larry Hagman is on hand here at the the conference. Here he’s being interviewed live on AgriTalk. I caught up to Larry while he was rehearsing his remarks for today’s opening general session. Larry says he’s just installed solar panels to fuel his home and he’s here to learn more about biodiesel. He says he’s got some … Read More

Joe Jobe Opening Speech

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We just can’t get enough of the head guy here on the blog. Joe Jobe kicked off the general session in grand style. Joe talks about the priorities and activities of the National Biodiesel Board. I’m waiting on a transcript of his speech which I’ll post a link to here as soon as I get it. Post Update: Here’s a … Read More

NBB Board Member Bob Metz

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One of the board members for NBB is Bob Metz, a soybean grower from South Dakota. He’s pictured here to the right of NBB CEO Joe Jobe. I interviewed Bob about his thoughts on the state of the biodiesel industry, especially from the standpoint of a farmer. He says that soybean growers have invested over $40 million in the development … Read More

Joe on TV

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The CEO of the National Biodiesel Board is Joe Jobe and he’s been a busy guy. Right off the bat on the opening afternoon the local CBS tv station (KENS) caught him in the registration area. This was a nice timely interview which was used in their post-Super Bowl newscast last night. The media are welcomed in and we have … Read More

The Second Amendments

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At half time of the Super Bowl party here at the Conference The Second Amendments played. This is a bipartisan rock band organized by the guitar-playing Minnesota Democrat, Rep. Collin Peterson, whose gravelly drawl sings most of the songs. The band includes Reps. Kenny Hulshof (R-Mo.) on drums, Thad McCotter (R-Mich.) on lead guitar, Jon Porter (R-Nev.) on keyboard and … Read More