Benefits of Biodiesel – March 26 Meeting

Today, diesel fuel is dirt cheap. As low as $1.99 at local stations, and that’s including the road tax. It’s easy to forget that when it comes to dependency on fossil fuels,what goes down must come up. And it will.

On March 26 at 10:00 am we will get together to discuss the benefits of using biodiesel here in our rural, agricultural community. The meeting will be held at the Boaz Community Center and is co-sponsored by the Bring It Home Biofuels Co-op and UW Extension. We have three speakers lined up:

Tom Cox, Professor at UW Madison’s department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, will talk about the benefits, history and economics of biodiesel.

Gene Schriefer, U/W Extension Ag. Agent, will share what he learned from his deep involvement with the Sunflower Project at U/W Platteville which grew sunflowers to sell for food grade oil. Gene will also discuss why he is a strong supporter of biodiesel.

Jamie Derr will tell us about his on farm oil seed project, which includes growing oil seed crops, processing and selling food grade oil, and making biodiesel from recovered waste vegetable oil.

SunPower, a Cumberland WI based biodiesel producer, has been able to remain price competitive with diesel. But there are a number of common sense reasons to think beyond price:

  • We live in an agricultural region, where we can grow and produce our own fuel. Our only alternatives are dependency on oil from the Middle East or dirty domestic energy from tar sands and fracking. Those are not good choices for a community that so highly values self-reliance.

  • Biodiesel reduces the emission of cO2 and particulate matter by over 50% compared with diesel. One producer we are familiar with has a major market in the mining industry where air quality is a huge issue.

  • Biodiesel also has mechanical advantages. It cleans out the deposited sludge that diesel leaves in the fuel lines of tractors, pick-ups and other heavy equipment. Jim Small, who farms 350 acres near Wilton has said, ‘Biodiesel is easier on the machines, more lube for the engines. You just need a clean tank and a good filter system’.

After the discussion we’ll break for coffee, a light lunch and some talk among neighbors. For those of you who are members or would like to become one, we’ll have our annual meeting right after lunch, about 12:15, wrapping up no later than 1 pm.

SunPower will have a supply of B20 biodiesel (a blend of 20% biodiesel with 80% diesel) available for purchase at a discounted rate at the event.

Bring It Home Biofuels Co-op currently has 40 members including farmers, businesses and drivers of diesel vehicles. In 2015 we coordinated delivery of 13,000 gallons of B99 and B20. More than 15,000 gallons are already ordered for 2016.

Who: Co-sponsored by Bring It Home Biofuels Co-op and UW Extension

When: Saturday, March 26, 2016

Community Meeting: registration starts at 9:30, discussion from 10 am to 11:30 am

Light lunch and conversation: 11:30am to 12:15pm

Annual Co-op member meeting: 12:15pm to 1 pm

Where: Boaz Community Center, 17010 State Highway 171, Richland Center, WI 53581

Cost: Free and open to the public

Any questions call 608 606-0276 or email