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Biomass JEFFERSON CITY, Mo: Farmer Chairman to Take Biodiesel to Next Level
Posted by on 2005-11-18 15:55:26
contributed by gfoat

The biodiesel industry reelected a farmer leader from Carlyle, Illinois to lead the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) during what promises to be a period of intense growth in production and sales. Darryl Brinkmann, who has served as a board member since 1998, will serve as the reelected chairman of the nonprofit trade association

Brinkmann, elected by NBB’s 89 voting members, will guide the industry during continued implementation and extension of the federal biodiesel tax incentive and establishment of the renewable fuels standard (RFS). Both passed in the Energy Bill this summer. The biodiesel tax credit will lower the price of biodiesel to consumers and has significantly increased demand. State legislative initiatives have also helped biodiesel take root. Brinkmann was elected chairman one year ago.

“I am honored to be reelected by my peers to chair NBB,” said Brinkmann. “All of us have the same goal: accommodating the demand for biodiesel, with emphasis on fuel quality. Use of biodiesel benefits farmers and our economy by using domestic products, which lends to energy security. This is not to mention the cleaner air we’ll all be able to breathe in diesel environments. I am proud of the strides in the biodiesel industry in the last year, and will work to see them through this year.”

All NBB officers were reelected to the board and to their leadership positions. They are:

Darryl Brinkmann, Chairman, representing the American Soybean Association
Fred Wellons, Vice Chairman, representing Baker Commodities, a biodiesel supplier based in Los Angeles, Calif.
Gary Haer, Secretary, representing West Central, a biodiesel supplier based in Ralston, Iowa
Jerry Osterholt, Treasurer, a farmer from Roanoke, Indiana representing the Indiana Soybean Board.

Additionally, two other farmers became newly elected board members. Robert Stobaugh, a farmer representing the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board, and Ed Hegland, a Minnesota farmer representing the state’s Soybean Research & Promotion Council, joined the Governing Board.

A soybean farmer from Nebraska, Richard Prascher, retired from the board. Prascher was a founding member of the board. NBB presented him with a plaque honoring him for his 13 years of service to the industry.

“I remember when there were nine people around a table in 1990 to see if we could make this biodiesel thing stick,” Prascher said of his first biodiesel meeting. “Biodiesel is the most interesting and challenging thing I’ve ever been involved with. I look at how things have changed, and I have to say that we have done better than I ever imagined. I thought it would be 20 years before we achieved the level of success we have today. This industry has made me very proud.”

“I hope that Dick will continue to take pride in this industry he helped launch over a decade ago,” said Joe Jobe, CEO of NBB. “He is the longest serving member of NBB. Anyone who is in the biodiesel industry now or gets involved in the future should be mindful of the efforts of Dick Prascher and the other soybean farmer leaders who laid the groundwork for biodiesel’s success.”

State soybean commodity groups, who funded several biodiesel research and development programs with checkoff dollars, founded NBB. Based in Jefferson City, Missouri, the board is dedicated to coordinating the biodiesel industry and educating the public about the fuel. Its membership is comprised of state, national, and international feedstock and processor organizations; biodiesel suppliers; fuel marketers and distributors; and technology providers. NBB membership has steadily grown during the last several years, signifying the escalation of biodiesel interest in the United States. In addition to the board’s 89 full voting members, there are 86 associate members.

Additional governing board members are:
Jim Boushka of Best BioFuels, LLC, a biodiesel supplier in Austin, Texas
John Campbell of Ag Environmental Products, a division of Ag Processing Inc., a biodiesel fuel supplier based in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa
Bob Clark of Imperial Western Products, a biodiesel supplier based in Indio, Calif.
Jim Conway of Griffin Industries, a biodiesel supplier based in Cold Spring, Ky.
Gene Gebolys, representing World Energy, a biodiesel supplier based in Chelsea, Mass.
Bob Metz, a farmer representing the South Dakota Research and Promotion Council
Jeff Nelson, representing Stepan Company, a soy biodiesel supplier based in Northfield, Ill.
Ed Ulch, a farmer representing the Iowa Soybean Promotion Board
David Womack, a farmer representing the Tennessee Soybean Promotion Board.

Biodiesel is a cleaner-burning alternative fuel that can be made from any fat or oil, such as soybean oil. It can be used in any diesel engine with few or no modifications. Biodiesel can be used in its pure form (B100), or blended with petroleum diesel at any level—most commonly 20 percent (B20). It significantly reduces emissions such as carbon monoxide, unburned hydrocarbons and particulate matter. It is nontoxic, biodegradable and essentially free of sulfur and aromatics. Biodiesel offers similar performance to petroleum diesel while providing superior lubricity. It has the highest positive energy balance of any liquid fuel – 320 percent. About 600 major fleets use biodiesel nationwide, and 600 retail pumps carry the fuel.

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