2019 NBF Winter Update

Feb 21, 2019

Reflections: A Message from the President

Our mission is to address national issues affecting us all -- cleaner air, greater economic development for rural communities, and enhanced national security through energy independence. Each year when we support biodiesel educational grants, coordinate and fund valuable research, and teach the benefits of biodiesel and Bioheat®, we are helping to build cleaner communities and back US farmers.

The work we accomplished over the past year is thanks to you! Among our contributors, I’d like to include a large thank you to all who sponsored, donated, and purchased items for our annual auction held this past January at the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo. The auction is our primary fundraiser. All the money raised goes to research and educational projects. The corporate sponsors and individual donors who gave so generously to NBF in 2018 and to the auction are listed at the end of the newsletter[SS1].

With your help, the Foundation, working closely with industry partners and the National Biodiesel Board, conducted our second New York City tour showcasing America’s Advanced Biofuel - Biodiesel. Congressional staff, fleet managers and biodiesel/bioheat customers were in awe seeing these fuels at work in a cold, bustling city. Last year’s tour was such a success, we have been asked to do it again this Spring!

Research and modeling are essential to biodiesel growth. This past year we funded university research comparing GTAP-BIO and GLOBIOM models. Inaccurate modeling of indirect land use change (ILUC) threatens to harm the European biodiesel industry as it once threatened the US industry. The work we funded provided essential information to biodiesel markets and rule-makers in both Europe and the US.

Finally, through the Dallas Hanks Memorial Fund, we continued to work with the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel by supporting their scholarship program. This fund offers university students a chance to attend the annual biodiesel conference. These leaders of tomorrow attend the conference to meet industry experts and share their own research – work that could lead to future biodiesel breakthroughs.

The National Biodiesel Foundation is proud of the important work achieved with your support this past year.Looking ahead, we are energized to turn our attention to meeting the present challenges of the industry with you. -Jeff Lynn, NBF President

Foundation Welcomes New Directors

Three new directors were elected to the Board at the January meeting in San Diego, CA. We welcome Danielle Brannan of New Leaf Biofuels; Mike Devine of World Energy; and Chris Hill of the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association. All three bring a wealth of leadership experience and creativity to the organization. “I believe the Foundation is critical to educating the public about biodiesel and getting it into the marketplace," says Brannan. "Events and education forums, such as the New York City Congressional Tour coming this Spring, help move the industry forward.” The next meeting will be held in Washington, DC on June 10, 2019.

Sustainability Research Updates

2018 Sustainability & ILUC Workshop Results

Supporting sustainability research is a primary focus of the Foundation. NBF hosted the third Sustainability & Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) Workshop in St. Louis last September, bringing together 45 of the world’s leading ILUC research scientists, industry leaders, government staff and university students. Participants shared the latest ILUC modeling and discussed research priorities. “A lot came out of the workshop,” explained Don Scott, NBB Sustainability Director. “Stronger definitions to describe land management will enable us to work with universities and USDA to better understand the impacts of bio-fuels on existing croplands, grasslands, and forests.” Other topics discussed were: European policies and market issues; comparing the GTAP-BIO and GLOBIOM models; vegetable oil production, substitution, and emissions; new California Air Resources Board calculators; and more. A complete list of research priorities and presentations is available

Impact of Joint EBB and NBF Research

The European Union is moving along with their energy directive to 2030. Recent decisions capped crop-based fuels while still allowing the European biodiesel industry to maintain its current market-share. The Foundation provided grant funds to support the project’s goal to combat faulty modeling of indirect land use change (ILUC). Inaccurate modeling of ILUC threatens to harm the European biodiesel industry as it once threatened the US industry. “The results of modeling comparison done last year by Purdue University with Foundation funding contributed to the discussion and the decision-making progress,” according to Don Scott, NBB Sustainability Director. A priority identified at the Sustainability & Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) Workshop is the need to better understand the relationship between increased protein production and fats and oils for biofuels. “We expect the data will confirm that when we grow protein to feed the world, we grow more fats than we can eat. There may be a positive rather than negative economic correlation between increased production of the two co-products [food and oils/fuel].” Examining this correlation will be a focus of the Foundation’s research in the coming months.

Educational Activities

Helping Students Advance Their Biodiesel Careers

Jeff Lynn and Mary Kate Mitchell Lane
in St. Louis

Last year, the NBF awarded the first Beth Calabotta Education Grant to Yale grad-student Mary Kate Mitchell Lane. Funds allowed Mary Kate to attend the September Sustainability & Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) Workshop. Mary Kate recently shared, “As a graduate student, sometimes I am so wrapped up in my own small bit of research that it’s essential to attend events like the Sustainability Workshop to see what others are doing and to expand my viewpoint. It was the boost of motivation that I needed!”

Giving Tuesday donations supported the Dallas Hanks Memorial Fundby funding students in the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel (NGSB) program so they could share their research at the National Biodiesel Conference. “NBF is thrilled to send outstanding university students to the Conference,” explained Tom Verry, NBF Executive Director. Tami Alexander, a Wichita State University graduate student and NGSB member had this to say about her conference experience, “As an environmental science student, the sustainability aspects and greenhouse gas reductions of biodiesel were most significant to me. I previously saw biofuels as merely a stepping point on the path to a greener, more sustainable society. Now, after learning more about the production and use of biodiesel, I am convinced that it is a long-term solution.” The scholarship program carries on the calling of Dallas Hanks who dedicated his life’s work to biodiesel research and education of our next generation of scientists.

IRFA Tour Attracts a Crowd

In August, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association hosted the11th Biofuels: Science and Sustainability Tourwhich attracted roughly 34 Congressional, Environmental Protection Agency, and White House staff members. This year’s event “was the most biodiesel-centric [tour] yet,” according to Cassidy Walter. “We always attend a biodiesel plant and a soybean farm. But this year, we also visited a soybean crush facility and a dairy farm that feeds the soymeal to their livestock.” Tom Verry, Foundation Executive Director, was in attendance. Paul Winters of the National Biodiesel Board gave the biodiesel policy update. Walter stated that the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association received positive feedback about the overall event and many Hill staff recommend the tour to new staff. “During the August recess, Hill staff have lots of travel opportunities. To get staffers to come to Iowa, it has to be compelling,” explains Walter. “We know the staffers have a better sense of the biofuels industry after attending the tour.”

Green Truck Promotes Biodiesel

Cummins engine for biodiesel

With the help of NBB’s Don Scott, NBF is promoting biodiesel awareness with Cummins Inc. Cummins is expanding its brand reach by offering engines for sale direct to consumers. This is the first time a major diesel engine manufacture has invested in marketing direct toward consumers with opportunities for consumers to convert older and non-diesel vehicles to run on biodiesel.Cummins donated a new R2.8 engine in partnership with NBF to raise awareness of biodiesel benefits in these new engines as well as Cummins’ existing line of engines, which all support B20. Cummins has produced two video segments of R2.8-equipped vehicles filling up a Sequential’s flagship biodiesel station in Oregon and the Biofuels Oasis retail station in Berkeley, CA. More promotions like these are in store once we get the donated R2.8 on the street and to exhibit events throughout FY19 and beyond. “This project will build awareness of engine manufacturer acceptance of biodiesel blends and the fuel’s many sustainability benefits to a broader group of potential users,” explained Scott. Scott and the truck will attend several events but most of the outreach is through social media. Scott boasts over 1,600 Instagram followers and more than the 60,000 positive impressions in recent months. This project is also drawing the attention of media celebrities and thought leaders among vehicle enthusiasts. These leaders claim tens and hundreds of thousands of followers who are promising to promote biodiesel content to their constituents as a result of this project. To learn more, visit the Foundation website:

Spring Congressional New York City Tour

The Foundation is planning for its 3rd New York City Congressional tour, Sustainable Biodiesel: Improving the Environment and Economy on April 26, 2019. Past tours were extremely successful and positive. The goal is to educate congressional staffers and government officials by providing current information on biodiesel and Bioheat®. Past tours included an overview of biodiesel and Bioheat®, stops at New York City Sanitation (largest sanitation facility in the world), the Bronx Design and Construction Academy (future technicians), and visits to the New Hyde Park Terminal. Staffers are invited to enjoy this one-day event and see how biodiesel works in an urban environment. The Foundation is accepting sponsors for the Spring 2019 tour. If you are interested, please get in touch with Tom Verry at

Fundraising - Sponsors and Donors

2019 Silent Auction

This year’s auction featured our largest selection of items including: Cape Cod Chartered fishing trip with hotel stay; BBI advertising; iPad; autographed sports and music memorabilia, jewelry; lobster dinners; sporting events and more. NBF Vice President Mark Caspers also came on stage to hose a live auction for a exclusive trip to Yellowstone National Park. With 80 items available, there was something for everyone. The combined silent and live auctions grossed almost $23,000.


Thank You to All Our 2018 Corporate Sponsors and Individual Donors

2018 Corporate Donors

Advanced Fuel Solutions, Bandit Big Rig Series, BBI International,

Brett Aniballi Photography, Cape Cod Biofuels, Central Trust Company,

Chicago Cubs, Clean Fuels Consulting, Chico Hot Springs Resort & Day Spa,

Diesel Brothers, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants,Emergent Green Energy, Inc.Harms Oil, Greater Washington Clean Cities Coalition

HERO BX, Incobrasa Industries, Ltd., Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens,

Iowa Soybean Association, John Deere, KCE Public Affairs Associates,

Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Zoo, Kansas Soybean Commission,

Marriott, Mary Kay,Mid-America Biofuels, LLC, National Biodiesel Board, Natural Soy Products, Minnesota Soybean Processors

Nebraska Soybean Board, Newseum, Osborn Barr,

SAgE Consultants, Shick Shack BBQ, Renewable Energy Group, Inc.

SYNLawn,Thirty-one, Sustainable Energy Strategies, Inc.

Total Wine, US Coachways, Tennessee Soybean Promotion Board,

USS Midway Museum, Wegmans, Western Iowa Energy, LLC,

Westmore Fuel Co., Inc


2018 Individual Donors

Ray Albrecht, Mindy Barker, Terri Carter

Karen Coble Edwards, Michael Cunningham, Jim Evanoff, 

Betsy and David Gardiner, David Haselschwerdt, Jill Hamilton and Bob Roberts,

John Heisdorffer ,Kathleen of Asheville, Julie Howard and Howard Gobstien,

Ryan Lamberg, Cindy Ludwig,

Jeff Lynn, Lynn Miller and Alex Serrano, Tabitha and John Morrison,

Paul Nazzaro, Ellen, Ron, and Leann Poussard,

Don Scott, David Shaw, Brad Shimmens,

Robert Stobaugh, Damon Susanke, Susan and Greg Susanke,

Stacey and JD Thomas, Julien Thiel,  Joshi Umakant,

Tom Verry, Joy and John Volarich, Jennifer Weaver, 

April Yaeger, Lisa Woodworth and Dave Furia