Editor's Note

By Tom Bryan | January 28, 2004
In the weeks leading up to the premiere of Biodiesel Magazine, it's been a pleasure to collaborate with some of the industry's finest professionals. It's their dedication and guidance that brought this magazine to life.

Contributing writer Bob Stroup, author of this month's cover story, was especially generous with his time and knowledge. Stroup's article, "Feedstock Considerations for Future U.S. Producers," on page 10, sheds new light on the raw materials, soybean oil, recycled vegetable oil and animal fats, needed for production. It's a must-read for any future producer.

You'll want to read "Bluegrass-roots Movement," on page 16, to find out how Kentucky has quietly become a biodiesel industry trailblazer. It was an honor to work with Melissa Howell, longtime executive director of the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition (KCFC). Howell's tireless efforts to increase the use of biodiesel in Kentucky cannot be overstated. From Mammoth Cave National Park to the Carmeuse Lime Mines, she has given new definition to the word coordination.

On page 20, take a closer look at Russ Teall's Biodiesel Industries, a company which recently installed a modular biodiesel unit at California's Naval Base Ventura County.

Contributing columnist Mark Hamnett of Lurgi PSI provides an interesting contrast between U.S. and European biodiesel production on page 24.

And last, but not least, Bill Isbister, founder of the Oregon-based Club Biodiesel, revs things up with a high-performance message on page 30. Biodiesel enthusiasts like Isbister are especially important to Biodiesel Magazine because they represent the grassroots biodiesel movement gathering worldwide momentum.

Isbister uses biodiesel because he believes in it wholeheartedly. In his own words, "It's a wonderful fuel."

We could not agree more. Enjoy.
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