NBB creates membership class for small producers

By | July 01, 2004
Ag industry leaders, fuel suppliers and other stakeholders of the biodiesel industry joined forces July 11-12 in Washington D.C. at the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) meeting.

In one of the most significant developments at the meeting, NBB members voted to create a new membership class for small biodiesel producers. The decision was based on recommendations from a small producers working group formed by the NBB to address challenges specific to them. Kent Bullard, biodiesel advocate and fleet manager at Channel Islands National Park, chaired the group. Fuel producer board members and small producers served as members.

The new Small Producer Nonvoting Associate Member category offers producers manufacturing less than 250,000 gallons per year reduced NBB membership dues. In order to encourage good quality control by small producers, they will be given the additional benefit of crediting two years worth of dues toward BQ-9000 certification fees. BQ-9000 is a quality control program established by the National Biodiesel Accreditation Commission.

Also at the meeting, NBB presented Rep. Kenny Hulshof, R-Mo., with the National Energy Leadership Award. Other dignitaries visiting the board in Washington included Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Del., several key Congressional staffers and other experts on the status of the biodiesel tax incentive.

The board was also pleased to welcome new members Marty Ross of the Mid-Atlantic Soybean Board, Greg Hopkins of U.S. Biofuels Inc., Rob Ryan of Transmontaigne Product Services and new NBB staff member Amber Thurlo Pearson who will serve as a communications specialist.

The next board meeting will be Nov. 16-17 in St. Louis.
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