FFA Making Biodiesel

Chuck Zimmerman

Josh Lo and Dick RichieThis week I’m attending the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, TN to do some work with New Holland and Michael Peterson. The activities culminate for us with the 2nd annual Michael Peterson/New Holland Tractor Race. You can learn more about it on Agwired. While here though I ran into a story I thought you might be interested in.

Pictured here are Joshua Lo (left) and his grandfather, Dick Richie. Josh is a member of the Westmoreland FFA Chapter. Together they’ve helped create a biodiesel business that’s making their chapter money. This is a creative way to support their efforts.

Basically they produce biodiesel and sell it locally. Dick says they can’t make it fast enough to satisfy demand. He says the chapter just bought a van out of the proceeds from their business venture. The chapter has one machine right now which Josh says they can make at least 200 gallons of biodiesel a week as long as they can get a steady supply of good grease to make the fuel with.

I interviewed them outside the New Holland booth here at the CMA Music Festival. Josh’s FFA chapter is helping man the booth and will receive a nice check from New Holland for their efforts.

Biodiesel, Video