Checkoff Partners with Clean Cities to Promote Soy Biodiesel, Bioheat
Posted: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 8:01 pm
ST. LOUIS (February 9, 2011) – Farmer leaders of the United Soybean Board (USB) and the soybean checkoff will partner with 10 U.S. Department of Energy-affiliated Clean Cities coalitions to increase the availability and use of soy biodiesel and heating oil alternative Bioheat® through promotion and education.
This year, checkoff farmer leaders committed nearly $200,000, the most in the reimbursement program’s history, to assist these chapters with various projects. The inclusion of applications that include projects to increase demand for biodiesel used for Bioheat took place for the first time as more states and cities, such as New York City, require the use of Bioheat blends with heating oil.
“The USB partnership with Clean Cities shows how U.S. soybean production proves to be environmentally sustainable,” says Russ Carpenter, soybean farmer from Trumansburg, N.Y., and USB Communications program chair. “Each project is very unique to their geographic region, and the proposals this year have been very innovative.”
The 10 Clean Cities participating coalitions include:
Alabama Clean Cities
Iowa Clean Cities
Kansas City Regional Clean Cities
Lake Michigan Clean Cities Consortium in Wisconsin, Indiana and Chicago
New York City and Lower Hudson Valley Clean Cities
Philadelphia Clean Cities
Triangle Clean Cities and Centralina Clean Cities in North Carolina
Twin Cities and Red River Valley Clean Cities in Minnesota and North Dakota
Virginia Clean Cities and Greater Washington Region Clean Cities
Yellowstone-Teton Clean Energy in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho
The New York City and Lower Hudson Valley Clean Cities is one of two participants that will focus on Bioheat with their USB reimbursement project.
“I’m proud that our nation’s biggest city in my state has been a leader in Bioheat usage with a requirement for the use of 2 percent Bioheat by 2012,” adds Carpenter. “The desire to be environmentally friendly and the need for millions of gallons of fuel for heat through the winter months mean Bioheat can fit the market very well. Also, using soybean oil to produce biodiesel used for Bioheat adds value with increased jobs and income for the rural sectors, too.”
USB is made up of 69 farmer-directors who oversee the investments of the soybean checkoff on behalf of all U.S. soybean farmers. Checkoff funds are invested in the areas of animal utilization, human utilization, industrial utilization, industry relations, market access and supply. As stipulated in the Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service has oversight responsibilities for USB and the soybean checkoff.
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