BLOOMINGTON, ILL – November 21, 2013 – Mike Cunningham, soybean farmer from Bismarck, Ill., and an Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) representative to the American Soybean Association, was elected treasurer of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB), Nov. 20.
NBB members selected leadership as part of their meeting in Washington, D.C.
"The biodiesel industry is on pace for record production in 2013, but the challenges facing this industry are significant," says Cunningham, who is a seventh generation farmer in east central Illinois, producing soybeans and corn and a small commercial beef herd.  "I am optimistic about our future as we face those challenges with a strong and diverse trade association membership united for the good of the industry, consumers and the general public."
Dozens of biodiesel stakeholders from across the country met with leaders on Capitol Hill this week to discuss the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Proposed Rule for the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard Required Volume Obligations (RVO).  EPA proposes a biomass-based diesel RVO of 1.28 billion gallons, which is below the amount actually produced in 2013.  EPA also proposes to reduce the total advanced biofuels requirement.
"The biodiesel industry is on track to produce at least 1.7 billion gallons in 2013, and can match or surpass that level in 2014," says Cunningham.  "By keeping the RVO target at the lower 1.28 billion gallon level for 2014, EPA limits a valuable market for soybean farmers."
NBB works to create sustainable biodiesel industry growth through education, communication, governmental affairs, technical and quality assurance programs.  NBB is comprised of state, national and international feedstock and feedstock processor organizations, including ISA, biodiesel suppliers, fuel marketers and distributors, and technology providers.
The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) represents more than 45,000 soybean farmers in Illinois through the state soybean checkoff and membership efforts.  The checkoff funds market development, soybean production and profitability research, promotion, issues management and analysis, communications and education.  Membership and advocacy efforts support Illinois soybean farmer interests in local areas, Springfield and Washington, D.C.  ISA programs are designed to ensure Illinois soy is the highest quality, most dependable, sustainable and competitive in the global marketplace.  For more information, visit the website
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