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Missouri Soybean Story: The Birth of Biodiesel

Since 1991, the biodiesel industry has grown nationally through the research and promotion efforts of the soybean industry and its partners. In the early 1990s, Missouri soybean growers were leading the way in biodiesel research, partnering with agricultural engineering faculty member Leon Schumacher at the University of Missouri on developing the processes for the fuel. Through the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council and the soybean checkoff, the early promotional efforts generated enough support to take biodiesel beyond the research stage. Today, the Biodiesel Coalition of Missouri partners with Missouri’s soybean organizations in raising the profile of biodiesel.

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