Locally grown energy is good for the environment and good for the farmer. Missouri needs a seasonally flexible biodiesel blended fuel standard to reduce our dependency on foreign oil and benefit Missouri’s rural economy.
Soybeans are Missouri’s number one crop by value. This product has tremendous flexibility to be used for everything from seat cushions to crayons. One of its best uses is its transformation into a renewable source of liquid fuel known as biodiesel.
Currently some Missouri diesel marketers are blending biodiesel based solely on what increases their profits. Many fuel pumps state that diesel could be up to a 20% biodiesel blend. However, this system does not provide stability in the biofuels marketplace. Adopting a statewide standard would protect the biodiesel market against the whims of the petroleum market and would ensure that the customer knows exactly what he or she is purchasing.
In the 2020 session, Rep. Mike Haffner (R-Pleasant Hill) and Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) offered the Missouri Made Fuels Act in the House. The bill sets up a seasonally flexible biodiesel standard (5% in winter months and up to 20% in summer months). House and Senate agriculture committees heard and voted their bills do pass in early February. The House took up the bill prior to Spring Break, following several hours of debate and the adoption of an amendment placing a ten-year sunset on the bill. HB 1858 was perfected by an overwhelming voice vote.
We favor additional tax incentives by the state such as low interest loans, fuel tax considerations or production incentives to encourage the use of renewable energy sources such as wood chips, wood pellets, organic solid waste, bio-diesel and ethanol.
We believe that the production and sale of ethanol and bio-diesel in this state provides numerous economic benefits to the producer and the state’s economy.
We favor the use of 20% bio-diesel blends utilizing B100 meeting ASTM D6751 requirements. We also favor the use of B99 meeting ASTM D6751 for marine use.
We support a seasonably flexible bio-diesel blended fuel standard statewide.
We support the alternative uses of soybeans in products such as soy-diesel fuel and soy ink.