The heads of several state soybean organizations and the American Soybean Association (ASA) sat down together at the 2023 Clean Fuels Conference to share their perspectives on the changing landscape for agriculture and clean fuels.
Kansas Soybean Association CEO Kaleb Little moderated the conversation with ASA CEO Steve Censky, Iowa Soybean Association CEO Kirk Leeds, North Dakota Soybean Council Executive Director Stephanie Sinner, and New York Corn & Soybean Growers Association Executive Director Colleen Klein.
Listen to their conversation in the player below:
While the clean fuels industry has expanded into other areas and other feedstocks, it’s good to remember where it started. “Certainly, it was soybean farmers that founded the biodiesel industry as we know it today…and it still is soybean farmers showing the strong support for the industry,” said Censky in an interview at the conference.
At the end of the panel, the Clean Fuels Initiative Award was presented to the Iowa Biodiesel Board for its role in advancing biodiesel in Iowa and across the nation. The board was founded under the umbrella of the Iowa Soybean Association in 2007 and has grown into a leading trade association representing the entire supply chain, helping Iowa maintain its position as the top biodiesel-producing state, doing it all with two half-time employees and two contractors knows no limitations. One of those employees is Grant Kimberly who accepted the award.
“We’re blessed in Iowa to have people who are 100 percent committed to this,” said Kimberly. “We are United as One.”