Fueling America's Farmers

Biodiesel’s performance, economics, sustainability and support positively impact our nation’s farmers.

Biodiesel was born out of the American agriculture industry. The two share the common vision of ensuring a sustainable future for our world. Fueling your farm with biodiesel is not only the right thing to do, it’s just smart business. When farmers use biodiesel, they can realize economic and other advantages on both ends of the supply chain — as producers and consumers. 

More fuel choices for a sustainable future.

REG is leading the way as an advanced biofuels producer and developer of renewable chemicals. Decades ago, our vision helped build today’s biodiesel industry. And while we’re producing high quality biodiesel, we’re growing America’s agriculture economy. Our wealth of knowledge can help you run a successful operation and meet sustainability goals with renewable products. 

 

Tractor in field

Biodiesel is engine-manufacturer approved.

Biodiesel helps protect a farm’s equipment investment — from trucks to tractors and combines. Engine manufacturers have formally stated that biodiesel blends up to B20 and even higher are approved for use in their engines and will not void their parts and workmanship warranties. 

We also understand you won’t sacrifice performance. With biodiesel, that’s not a concern.

  • ASTM has established specifications to ensure biodiesel quality. REG-9000 Biodiesel meets or exceeds stringent ASTM D6751 specifications.
  • Biodiesel is proven to improve engine lubricity and increase combustion quality.1
  • Biodiesel works in any diesel vehicle — providing fuel economy, horsepower and torque similar to ultralow sulfur diesel (ULSD). 1 

Manufacturer guidelines for using biodiesel blended fuel.

OEMs Supporting B20 
Artic CatHino Trucks
BuhlerIC Bus
CaterpillarIsuzu Commercial Trucks
Chrysler - Ram & JeepJohn Deere
CumminsKubota
Daimier Trucks, including:Mack
- Detroit DieselMonaco RV
- Frieghtliner / Custom ChassisNavistar - International / MaxxForce
- Thomas Built BusesPerkins
- Western StarTomcar
Ferris Toro
FordVolvo Trucks
GMC & ChevroletWorkhorse
HDT USA Motorcycles 
OEMs Supporting B100OEMs Supporting B5
Case IHAudi
Deutz AGBMW
Fairbanks MorseHustler Turf Equipment
New HollandMercedes Benz*
 Mitsubishi Fuso*
 PACCAR, including:
 - Kenworth
 - Peterbilt
 Volkswagen*

*Actively researching B20

All major OEMs producing diesel vehicles for the U.S. market support at least B5 and lower blends, and over 78 percent of those manufacturers now support B20 or higher biodiesel blends in at least some of their equipment, including nearly 85 percent of the medium- and heavy-duty truck OEMs. The biodiesel component must meet ASTM D6751, the approved standard for pure biodiesel, and the B20 blends must meet ASTM D7467 specifications. Many OEMs also recommend the use of a BQ-9000® accredited producer.

For a complete detailed listing of OEM position statements on biodiesel, visit biodiesel.org/usingbiodiesel/ OEM-information or contact your REG representative for more information. 

Biodiesel benefits the ag economy.

Biodiesel production increases the demand for agriculture commodities, so it makes sense to take advantage of a fuel that puts money back in your pocket. Just look at the numbers. A 2014 study2 of biodiesel production in Iowa shows the kind of positive economic impact biodiesel production can have on a state and local ag market: 

1.3 billion - The number of pounds of soybean oil used to create biodiesel. 
310 million -  The number of pounds of animal fat used to create biodiesel. 
41 million -  The number of pounds of industrial corn oil used to create biodiesel. 
31 million -  The number of pounds of cooking oil used to create biodiesel. 
$750 million -  The amount of money spent on raw materials used to create biodiesel. 
$471 million - The biodiesel industry's contribution to the Iowa GDP.
4,376 - The number of full-time equivalent jobs in Iowa supported by the growth of the biodiesel industry.

Another study3 released in 2013 shows that biodiesel increased Iowa farmer income by nearly $1.5 billion and that without the Iowa biodiesel industry in 2012:

  • Iowa soybean prices would have been 8.3% lower.
  • Iowa corn prices would have been 5.4% lower.
  • Iowa beef cattle and hog prices would have been 1% lower. 

Biodiesel improves the environment.

The use of biodiesel supports a cleaner environment and combats climate change through reduced emissions and decreased carbon intensity. Some states like California have a Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) that requires the reduction of the carbon intensity of transportation fuels. But even if it’s not a requirement in your state, sustainability is a growing trend among corporations, local governments and the general public. And since America’s farmers have a long history of environmental stewardship, biodiesel is a responsible choice for you, as well. Here’s how the numbers stack up:

  • 75% — How much you can reduce carbon dioxide emissions with pure biodiesel, or B100, compared to petroleum diesel.4
  • 15% — How much you can reduce carbon dioxide emissions with B20 blends.

Tractor sun in background

 

The U.S. government supports and encourages the use of biodiesel.

The legitimacy and importance of the biodiesel industry is proven by the policies put in place by state and federal governments including tax incentives and requirements to promote the use of biodiesel. 

Turn to the Experts

REG is ready to help your operation realize the benefits of biodiesel. With more than 100 years of combined biodiesel experience, our management team has evolved our company from a single biodiesel production facility in 1996 into a nationally recognized, fully integrated, biomass-based fuels and renewable chemicals company. We offer several benefits to help you run a successful operation with biodiesel.

Supply assurance.
With the largest annual capacity of any single producer in the country and our substantial network of biorefineries and terminals, REG can meet even your most demanding biodiesel volume requirements.

Local support and expertise.
Our experts stay up to the minute on state and federal regulations, incentives, RIN trading and other important policy issues. We stay up to date on current tax codes and credits, and we offer expert technical support when and where you need it. All the while, we constantly develop new and innovative ways to change the world with biodiesel. 

 

 

1 Alternative Fuels Data Center http://www.afdc.energy.gov/fuels/emerging_green.html

2 ABF Economics: John M. Urbanchuk. “Importance of the Renewable Fuels Industry to the Economy of Iowa,” prepared for the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, January 2015.

3 Cardno Entrix: John M. Urbanchuk. “Impact of Biodiesel on the Iowa Agriculture Economy,” prepared for the Iowa Biodiesel Board, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, the Iowa Soybean Association and the Iowa Corn Growers Association, January 2013.

4 Alternative Fuels Data Center http://www.afdc.energy.gov/fuels/biodiesel_benefits.html