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Big Time Grain Co., fronted by brothers Bret and Chad Bourquin, will bring their rural roots to stages across the Midwest, advancing biodiesel awareness and highlighting Iowa farmers on their 2024 Farm Fuel Tour. (Photo: Iowa Soybean Association / Susan Langman)

Big Time Grain Co. Summer 2024 Tour Powered by ISA and Cleaner-Burning Biodiesel

April 22, 2024 | Brock Johnston

Ankeny, Iowa — The Iowa Soybean Association (ISA), powered by the soybean checkoff, joins as the exclusive biodiesel partner of the band Big Time Grain Co. Clean-burning biodiesel made from soybeans grown by Iowa farmers will power the group’s 2024 Farm Fuel Tour across the state and beyond.

The announcement coincides with National Earth Day, a celebration of our shared commitment to protecting and preserving the quality of our natural resources.

Big Time Grain Co. is fronted by brothers Bret and Chad Bourquin. Raised on a Kansas farm, agriculture, guitars, banjos, mandolins and fiddles have been a part of their lives from an early age. The duo will bring their rural roots to stages across the Midwest, advancing biodiesel awareness and highlighting the Iowa farmers who make the sustainable fuel a reality. A biodiesel-powered van will transport the band in style and is expected to log over 15,000 tour miles.

"Big Time Grain Company's dedication to Iowa soybean farmers goes beyond mere passion—it's a heartfelt commitment,” said Chad Bourquin, lead guitarist and vocalist.  “Joining forces with the Iowa Soybean Association was not only an obvious choice but also a seamless alignment with our band's ethos and principles.”

Iowa’s 10 operating biodiesel plants produced an estimated 350 million gallons in 2023, making it the top biodiesel-producing state. As an advanced biofuel, biodiesel can make immediate strides in reducing carbon emitted from vehicles, equipment and more. On average, biodiesel and renewable diesel reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 70% when compared to petroleum-based diesel.

“Every time we choose biodiesel, advocating for its use among others, we're not just filling our tanks; we're also standing in solidarity with Iowa farmers,” added Bourquin.

By increasing soybean oil value, biodiesel supports 13% of the price per bushel of soybeans. It also lowers the price of soybean meal, a key ingredient for livestock producers and the food supply.

Dave Walton, an ISA and Iowa Biodiesel Board (IBB) director and soybean farmer from Wilton, says Iowa’s solution to the national call for sustainable energy security is biodiesel.

“Through this partnership, Big Time Grain Co. is helping to elevate the voices of Iowa soybean growers and promote cleaner-burning fuels as the nation’s approach to energy is changing," said Walton. “Growing the use of biodiesel is key to increasing demand for U.S. soybeans and keeping farmers in a position to succeed."

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Funded by the soybean checkoff


The Iowa Soybean Association ( is “Driven To Deliver” increased soybean demand through market development and new uses, farmer-focused research and results, timely information and know-how and policy initiatives enabling farmers and the industry to flourish. Founded in 1964 by farmers to serve farmers, ISA is governed by a board of 22 farmers to advocate on behalf of the state’s 40,000 soybean producers, including more than 15,000 ISA farmer members and industry stakeholders.