Soy-based Biodiesel Praised in Ohio

On tour of a biodiesel processing plant that was said to have produced the most biodiesel in the U.S. in 2005, Ohio Governor Bob Taft and Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Fred Dailey praised the partnership between Cincinnati-based Peter Cremer North America, DaimlerChrysler, and Ohio farmers for enabling new Jeep Liberty vehicles with diesel engines produced in Toledo to be fueled by soy-based biodiesel when they are driven off the lot.

“There is huge potential in Ohio for the use and production of biofuels and other forms of green energy,” Taft said. “Right now, we are just scratching the surface, but Ohio farmers — along with companies like Peter Cremer North America and DaimlerChrysler — are paving the way for a better future for our state.” Biofuels and other renewable forms of energy not only offer solutions to some of the country’s challenges, including energy security, economic stability and a clean environment, but biodiesel burns cleaner, offers higher lubricity, is easier on the environment and requires no special modifications to existing diesel engines. It also happens to be a new, lucrative market for Ohio farmers. One bushel of soybeans can produce 1.4 gallons of soyoil, which can be blended at a 20/80 percent ratio with diesel to create soy-based biodiesel. A study completed in 2001 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that an average annual increase of the equivalent of 200 million gallons of soy-based biodiesel demand would boost total crop cash receipts by $5.2 billion cumulatively by 2010. That would result in an average net farm income increase of $300 million per year. “Agriculture is about more than just keeping food on the table, and clothes on our back — it is about the ability to be self-sufficient and enjoying a good quality of life through the jobs and commerce opportunities it produces,” said Dailey.
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