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Economic Impacts of Biodiesel in Iowa Bookmark and Share

Biodiesel producers are a vital part of a manufacturing sector that adds substantial value to agricultural commodities produced in Iowa, and makes a significant contribution to the Iowa economy.  Iowa’s biodiesel plants produced about 305 million gallons of biodiesel in 2016, a record!

A study by ABF Economics of 2016 biodiesel production levels shows an increase in economic activity generated by biodiesel production.


  • 3,800 - The number of full-time equivalent jobs in all sectors of the Iowa economy supported by the increase in economic activity generated by biodiesel
  • $480 million – the biodiesel industry’s contribution to Iowa’s GDP 
  • $300 million – amount of household income in Iowa as a result of biodiesel


Another study** released in 2013 shows that biodiesel increases Iowa farmer income by nearly $1.5 billion. The study, conducted by Cardno ENTRIX Economist John Urbanchuk, found that without the Iowa biodiesel industry in 2012:

  • Iowa soybean prices would have been 8.3 percent lower
  • Iowa corn prices would have been 5.4 percent lower
  • Iowa beef cattle and hog prices would have been 1 percent lower

View a fact sheet on biodiesel's impact on the livestock industry

**Cardno Entrix: John M. Urbanchuk. “Impact of Biodiesel on the Iowa Agriculture Economy,” Prepared for the Iowa Biodiesel Board,
the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, the Iowa Soybean Association and the Iowa Corn Growers Association, January 2013.


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