• The National Biodiesel Board

NBB celebrates 30th year in 2022 with commemorative book


What started as a small investment by the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council in 1991 to use excess soybean oil has turned into a multibillion-gallon commercial success three decades later. While the name “soy diesel” retired decades ago, the legacy it started thrives in today’s biodiesel and renewable diesel industry.


The National Biodiesel Board turns 30 years old in 2022. To commemorate NBB’s 1992 founding, the organization plans to document stories of individuals and associations instrumental in its development and growth. A coffee table-style book will unfold the story behind the industry’s greatest successes and share narratives of the industry influencers.


Today, the U.S. biodiesel industry employs tens of thousands of people, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, improves air quality, adds to U.S. energy security and independence from fossil fuels, provides significant value to the price of soybeans for farmers, and lowers the cost of feed for livestock producers.


“We wouldn’t be on the trajectory for six billion gallons by 2030 if it weren’t for the blood, sweat, and tears put in over the years from our founders,” said NBB CEO Donnell Rehagen. “The stories will help bring to life how a novel idea grew into a carbon-reducing solution for our country. Biodiesel is making a difference now because of what has been accomplished over the last 30 years.”


Ron Kotrba is partnering with NBB in documenting the stories. Kotrba, the former editor in chief of Biodiesel Magazine, now owns RonKo Media Productions LLC and serves as editor and publisher of Biobased Diesel Daily, the next-generation source for news, information and perspective on biodiesel, renewable diesel, and sustainable aviation fuel.


“When I began covering the biodiesel industry in early 2005, national production was maybe the total of one or two large biodiesel plants today,” Kotrba said. “The work committed up front, from the R&D, vehicle testing and fuel specifications to the boots-on-the-ground state and federal policy efforts, laid the foundation for what the industry looks like today.”


More information on the book will be released closer to its premiere. Stay tuned to NBB communications for additional details.


Made from an increasingly diverse mix of resources such as recycled cooking oil, soybean oil and animal fats, biodiesel and renewable diesel are better, cleaner fuels that are available now for use in existing diesel engines without modification. NBB is the U.S. trade association representing the entire biodiesel and renewable diesel value chain, including producers, feedstock suppliers, and fuel distributors.

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