Soybean oil has a long history as a vital feedstock for biodiesel, and more recently for renewable diesel, and it will likely continue to be. At the same time, newer sources of fats and oil are needed to feed the increasing demand for renewable energy plants coming on line.
Alan Weber has been in the biodiesel business from the beginning as both a Missouri farmer and an agricultural economist. He is founding partner of MARC-IV, a firm that helps commercialize industrial products from agriculture, and serves as a consultant to the National Biodiesel Board. He moderated two interesting panels during the 2021 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo related to the future of feedstocks and he is very excited about that future.
“I’m really excited about the potential for investment, because investment can drive innovation,” says Weber.