March 18 - National Biodiesel Day

Soy Biodiesel Users: Here are a Few Ways to Celebrate National Biodiesel Day

If you’re a user of soy biodiesel, a premium advanced biodiesel, here’s a celebration you can join with us: Wednesday, March 18, is National Biodiesel Day.

National Biodiesel Day is celebrated in honor of Rudolf Diesel’s birthday. Rudolf invented the diesel engine in the 1890s, designed to run on vegetable oil. He envisioned the prominent role plant-based oils could play in fueling the future. Today, biodiesel is a billion-gallon market. 

At Ag Processing Inc (AGP), we operate three biodiesel production plants — Algona, Iowa, Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, and St. Joseph, Missouri. The facility in Sergeant Bluff, built in 1996, was the first commercial-scale soy biodiesel plant in the U.S. 

Although we advocate for celebrating the value of soy biodiesel year-round, National Biodiesel Day provides an excellent opportunity for the industry to join together to share information about this important advanced biofuel. The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) shares a few ways you can be part of the celebration on March 18:

  • Brand vehicles. Biodiesel users may apply for matching funds (up to $10,000 to be matched by NBB) to be used for vehicle branding initiatives. This includes wraps, stickers, and other efforts. Applications are available online and are due by April 30, 2020. 
  • Follow NBB. Follow along about the story of biodiesel on NBB social media channels and find more information about biodiesel at
  • Share on social media. NBB encourages users of biodiesel to post information on their own social media channels. NBB has these sample posts and images available for use on Facebook and Twitter.

You can read more about AGP’s commitment to the biodiesel industry here. Thank you to cooperative members and farmer-owners for your hard work and quality soybeans that contribute to producing advanced biofuels.