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State biodiesel industry lauds confirmation of Northey to USDA post

February 27, 2018

(ANKENY, IOWA) –  The United States Senate has confirmed Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey as the United States Department of Agriculture Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation. Iowa Biodiesel Board Executive Director Grant Kimberley issued the following statement:  

“We congratulate Bill Northey, who will be a great advocate for farmers nationwide. As a farmer, and as Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture, his background and experience will be critical as Congress begins crafting a new farm bill in 2018. Bill has always been a staunch supporter of renewable fuels like biodiesel, and the Renewable Fuel Standard. His department in Iowa capably administered important programs like the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program. We know he will make Iowa proud once again.

“With his proven devotion to American agriculture, we know that Bill will keep the interests of farmers at heart as he tackles issues affecting agriculture in Iowa and beyond.”

Biodiesel is an advanced biofuel made from agricultural byproducts and co-products, such as soybean oil. The Iowa Biodiesel Board is a state trade association representing the biodiesel industry.  

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