Iowa Farmer Today: Early Adopter

Posted on June 20th, 2014

From Iowa Farmer Today (June 19, 2014):

Ed Ulch has been fueling his farm equipment with biodiesel for 12 years or more.

He ordered the first blends, shipped in 2½ -gallon jugs, from a plant in Kansas.

The volume of U.S. production has changed since then.

In 2013, U.S. plants produced 1.8 billion gal., Ulch said, more than the Renewable Fuel Standard-mandated 1.28 billion gal.

It’s made using a variety of feedstocks with soy oil at the top of the list.

Ulch is District 6 director for the Iowa Soybean Association and is the group’s representative on the National Biodiesel Board (NBB).

According to first-quarter numbers for 2014, he said soybean oil made up 51 percent of biodiesel feedstocks. In 2013, 5.5 billion pounds of soy oil were used to produce biodiesel.

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