Jeff Lynn, a soybean and corn farmer from Cass County, became president of the National Biodiesel Foundation (NBF) in November and plans to continue pushing the biodiesel industry toward its potential.
A sister organization of the policy-oriented National Biodiesel Board (NBB), Lynn says NBF pursues grants that NBB can’t.
“One of our biggest projects right now is land-use sustainability,” he said. “That the American soybean farmer is not cutting down trees to plant more soybean acres; that we are sustainable. It’s a big thing right now.”
That project has already paid dividends in California, the biggest diesel market in the country. Today, biodiesel qualifies for the state’s Low-Carbon Fuel Standard, which means big potential demand in the future.
Closer to home, Illinois is the third-largest state for biodiesel consumption and fourth-largest for production. Lynn says a state tax credit on biodiesel sales is a big reason.
“(The tax credit) brings a lot of dollars into the state,” Lynn said. “There are trucking companies that will buy fuel in Illinois because it’s cheaper for them. That’s huge.