Biodiesel Symposium Tackles Sustainability

Farmers want to play an even bigger role in the future.

The National Biodiesel Board sponsored a symposium Friday in St. Louis, Mo. that featured energy leaders in research, industry and policy discussing the role biofuels can play in finding solutions to energy and climate change challenges in the United States.

Emily Landsburg, the chair of NBB's Sustainability Task Force, says as America searches for solutions to its energy challenges U.S. biodiesel is delivering with a cleaner and sustainable renewable fuel source. Landsburg pledged NBB will continue to explore new and promising practices.

According to NBB senior advisor Alan Weber, during its fall board meeting the NBB adopted several resolutions that backed that pledge. Among them to continue to develop internal policies and support practices which promote the use of sustainable feedstocks and biodiesel production methods as well as engage in forums addressing global sustainability standards. He says the industry is also exploring existing opportunities for growth and near-term impact.

"Although there are a number of new technologies and new crops, which can add to the oil supply, most likely in the near-term we'll be looking and focusing on some of our more traditional crops," Weber said. "Things such as soybeans where we do see higher yielding soybean varieties. We are also looking at ways to increase oil content in soybeans as well as looking to some other oilseeds, which have higher oil content as well."

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