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Turning to crop-based fuels is becoming more popular, but it raises interesting questions, like: Are there enough soybeans?

Willie Vogt

October 7, 2022

For decades farmers have looked to renewable fuels to boost demand for commodity crops. Ethanol has been a solid source of demand and biodiesel is gaining traction. Add in renewable diesel which has support from the petroleum industry and the future looks pretty good. But how good?

Recently CoBank issued a comprehensive look at the renewable fuel industry including ethanol demand and the changing nature of renewable diesel. The report “Renewable Diesel Projected to Turbo Charge Biofuel Growth” kind of says it all. We turned to Ken Zuckerberg, lead economist, CoBank, and author of the report to get more insight into what he found.

And there’s a big challenge to this rising demand for renewable fuels – especially renewable diesel. Zuckerberg discusses that challenge and digs into other factors impacting the renewable fuels market. For farmers, the news is good, since these fuels are building an even stronger base of demand, which he also discusses. Give it a listen.

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About the Author(s)

Willie Vogt

Willie Vogt has been covering agricultural technology for more than 40 years, with most of that time as editorial director for Farm Progress. He is passionate about helping farmers better understand how technology can help them succeed, when appropriately applied.

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