National Biodiesel Day - March 18

AGP joins soybean farmers and industry partners to celebrate National Biodiesel Day, which is observed annually on March 18. The day is the birthday of Rudolph Diesel, who invented the diesel engine and unveiled it at the World Fair in 1900. The engine was originally designed to run on peanut oil, and Rudolph Diesel was a big believer in the role plant oils could play in fueling America. 

In a 1912 speech, Diesel said “…the use of vegetable oils for engine fuels may seem insignificant today, but such oils may become, in the course of time, as important as petroleum and the coal tar products of the present time.”

Diesel’s vision and foresight became a reality, as AGP helped pioneer the biodiesel industry with construction of a production facility in Sergeant Bluff, IA in 1996, the first purpose-built commercial biodiesel plant in the U.S. As AGP celebrates the 20th anniversary of this facility, the Company is expanding the plant, demonstrating AGP’s commitment to the industry and its growth. AGP currently operates three biodiesel production facilities – Algona, IA, Sergeant Buff, IA, and St. Joseph, MO.

As an early innovator and producer of this premium advanced biofuel, AGP believes in the future of biodiesel and the many benefits it brings to soybean producers, diesel users/customers, rural communities, and the environment.

AGP's soy biodiesel plant at Sergeant Bluff, IA.