Soy, biodiesel drive ISA leader-legislator visits in Springfield

By The Illinois Soybean Association | March 13, 2019

Soy lattes fueled conversations about soybeans used in biodiesel production March 13 at the Illinois State Capitol. Soybean farmers and other representatives of the Illinois Soybean Association checkoff program shared lattes and talked with legislators and staff about environmental and economic impacts of biodiesel.  

“We do a great job of raising soybeans in Illinois, leading the nation in bushels grown in five of the past six years,” said Elliott Uphoff, ISA director and farmer from Shelbyville, Illinois. “In addition to food and feed applications, soybeans used in biodiesel production help fuel diesel engines in the state and beyond. Production of biodiesel from soybeans also supports, directly or indirectly, more than 2,000 Illinois jobs.”

Honey vanilla and mint mocha soy lattes prepared by Free Press Coffee House were popular choices as Illinois soybean farmers communicated the benefits of biodiesel as a fuel option:

-Biodiesel is a renewable fuel that is a cleaner-burning and economical alternative to petroleum fuel for diesel engines. Transitioning to biodiesel with the resulting reduction in carbon dioxide emissions can help initiatives like the Chicago Climate Action Plan make progress toward goals.

 -Use of biodiesel, especially higher blends like B20, contributes to cleaner, healthier air. The American Lung Association and ISA have partnered to support the B20 Club—Illinois organizations now running nearly 5,000 fleet vehicles on B20, reducing CO2 emissions by more than 11,000 tons annually.

 -Biodiesel is good for the Illinois economy. In 2018, Illinois was the nation’s fourth largest biodiesel producer with five plants and an estimated annual production capacity of 173 million gallons, potentially using 115 million bushels of soybeans.

The ISA checkoff and membership programs represent more than 43,000 soybean farmers in Illinois. The checkoff funds market development, soybean production and profitability research, issues analysis, communications and education. Membership and advocacy efforts support Illinois soybean farmer interests in local areas, Springfield and Washington, D.C., through the Illinois Soybean Growers. ISA programs are designed to ensure Illinois soy is the highest quality, most dependable, sustainable and competitive in the global marketplace. Click here for more information.

 
 
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