(Jamie) Welcome back to Farm Factor and the Kansas Soybean Update.
(Greg) This is the Kansas Soybean Update. It’s brought to you by the Kansas Soybean Commission. The Soybean Checkoff, Progress Powered by Kansas Farmers. Kaleb Little, Senior Communications Manager with the National Biodiesel Board joins us. Kaleb, a recent NTEA Survey showed good news for biodiesel. (Kaleb) Yes, that’s correct. The 2016 Fleet Purchasing Outlook Study, and that was done by the folks over at the Work Truck Industry Association, NTEA, found that biodiesel is now the most commonly used alternative fuel option on the market. (Greg) And a pretty significant rise as far as the amount being used in 2015. (Kaleb) Yes, their numbers from the previous year’s survey 2015, it was about 15 percent of the folks that were using biodiesel and all the way up to 18 percent now. (Greg) Did it show as to the reasons why the increase use of biodiesel by these fleet companies? (Kaleb) Yes, so it was more fleets that were looking to acquire and continue using biodiesel. Most of that is as their fleets continue to grow and fuels are important to keep track of and to try to be more environmentally conscious, those interests in alternative fuels and advanced technologies are just continuing to grow. (Greg) And it really shows the continued growth, seeing the growth in fleets, is just kind of that continued growth that you would like to see within this industry. (Kaleb) Yes, it is, 2015 we saw a little over two billion gallons of biodiesel used across the country. To put that into perspective that’s about five percent of the on-road diesel fuels in the country. We’ve definitely seen expansion over the last five to ten years; the industry has really taken off. (Greg) That survey, that number of fleets that use biodiesel, that percentage continues to go up too. (Kaleb) Yes it does. As that fuel is getting out into the marketplace we’re seeing that the current users are using more and then new fleets are transitioning over to using alternative fuels and advanced biofuels like biodiesel. (Greg) And I would assume this is pretty much coast-to-coast as well? (Kaleb) It is. It’s coast-to-coast. It’s vehicles and fleet professionals representing a broad range of all fleet sizes, vehicle weight classes, applications. So, it’s coast to coast. It’s all diesel models from the largest diesel engines all the way down to the smallest. (Greg) The evolution of biodiesel continues to grow and continues to be further developed too. (Kaleb) Yes it does, it really does. The more the industry grows, the more diverse it gets. We continue to…the industry, the fuels that are out in the marketplace continue to be made from soybean oil, animal fat, recycled cooking oils from restaurants, new ag products and just continues to grow and get more diverse. (Greg) Kaleb Little, Senior Communications Manager with the National Biodiesel Board, joins us on the Kansas Soybean Update. It’s brought to you by the Kansas Soybean Commission. The Soybean Checkoff, Progress Powered by Kansas Farmers. Learn more at kansassoybeans.org. For Kansas Soybeans, I’m Greg Akagi.
(Jamie) Hope you enjoyed this week’s Kansas Soybean Update. After the break let’s join Kyle and Sarah Zukoff, Entomologist with K-State.