2014 National Biodiesel Conference + Expo – Official Blog Highlights from January 22

Posted on January 23rd, 2014

nbce_2014_266x200_01Below are highlights from January 22 from the official blog of the 2014 National Biodiesel Conference + Expo.

While the biodiesel industry faces the fight of its life in Washington, thousands of producers and enthusiasts are gathering at the San Diego Convention Center this week to recognize 2013’s record production and job growth.

They will share the latest information and technology, but more than anything, they will stand strong to make their voices heard at the EPA. The signature event of the industry will offer a springboard for both the proposal comment period and the year ahead.

Full coverage can be found on the official blog.

Ride and Drive Day

It’s ride and drive day at the conference. Even the general public is invited in to pick a new vehicle to test out. On hand are company representatives to answer questions about the vehicles too.

There are four vehicles outside the San Diego Convention Center from Hino, Ford, General Motors and Jeep.

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The Policy Climate

It was time for a little policy on stage this morning at the conference. NBB’s Anne Steckel provided a legislative update during our general session before leading a panel with former Senator Bryon Dorgan and Representative Kenny Hulshoff.

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Address by NBB Chair Steven J. Levy

The Chair of the National Biodiesel Board is Steven J. Levy, Sprague Operating Resources LLC. This is his first conference as the Chair so when he spoke at today’s general session he told a little bit about himself and his background. He’s the first NBB Chair who is not a farmer, producer or from the Midwest

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Lifetime Achievement Award

Today Don Borgman, John Deere, was honored with a National Biodiesel Board Lifetime Achievement Award for his service to the biodiesel industry.

Later this year Borgman will be retiring from John Deere after over 40 years of service.

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Kirk Leeds Receives Industry Partnership Award

The Eye on Biodiesel Award for Industry Partnership was presented to Kirk Leeds, Iowa Soybean Association this morning.

Kirk is Chief Executive Officer of the Association and has been a leader among soybean organizations in supporting biodiesel efforts since the industry’s inception. ISA’s support of the National Biodiesel Board over the years has allowed the industry to prepare and face the challenges of being a billion-plus-gallon Advanced Biofuel.

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Eye on Biodiesel Impact Award

The Eye on Biodiesel Impact Award was presented to Richard Corey, California Clean Air Resources Board during this morning’s general session.

The State of California continues to serve as a national and world leader in regulations related to environmental sustainability, and the California Air Resources Board is at the heart of those efforts.

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