Biodiesel truck fills up farm fuel tank

Employees of Star Energy fill a tank with biodiesel fuel last summer. A strong biodiesel industry directly supports farm income and thus, Iowa’s economic vitality. (Photo: Joseph L. Murphy/Iowa Soybean Association)

ISA, renewable fuels groups join WHO's The Big Show to talk biofuels

March 16, 2021

Governor Kim Reynolds recently introduced a bill in the Iowa legislature that would set a minimum biofuel blending standard of 10% ethanol in gasoline sold in Iowa 11% biodiesel in diesel sold in Iowa, with limited exceptions. The blends would ramp up over time, resulting in B20 statewide. 

The bill also includes a dramatic increase in funding for Iowa fuel retailer infrastructure grants.

If passed, the Iowa Biofuel Standards would increase biofuel production across the state, support 3,500 new jobs, add nearly $550 million to Iowa household income, and reduce carbon and toxic emissions from fossil fuels. Learn more about the Iowa Biofuels Standard

The Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) joined WHO Radio's The Big Show for a "Biofuels Takeover" with representatives of organizations supporting the legislation to share:

  • details about the legislation;
  • its benefits to Iowa’s farmers, economy and environment; and
  • how you can make your voice heard.


Grant Kimberley, Sr. Dir., Market Development and Executive Director, Iowa Biodiesel Board



Monte Shaw, Executive Director, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association



Scott Fenwick, Technical Director, National Biodiesel Board and Jason Stauffer, STAR Energy FS/Growmark (ethanol perspective)


Jeff Jorgenson, President, Iowa Soybean Association, Sidney, and Kelly Nieuwenhuis, Vice President, Iowa Corn Promotion Board, Primghar


Brad Wilson, Iowa Biodiesel Board chair and President & GM, Western Iowa Energy LLC, and Nick Bowdish, President & CEO, Elite Octane, Atlantic 


Sponsors included the Iowa Biodiesel Board, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Renewable Fuels Group, Iowa Soybean Association and Renewable Energy Group.