Minnesota Farmer to Head Biodiesel Board

John Davis

hegland.JPGAppleton, Minnesota soybean farmer Ed Hegland has been tapped to head the National Biodiesel Board.

nbb-logo.jpgThis press release from NBB says he’s no stranger to the biodiesel advocacy group:

Hegland has served as a board member for the nonprofit trade association since 2004, representing the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, and was elected to the governing board last year.

“We have had some great successes in growth of the industry, and in policy in Washington D.C., over the last few years,” said Hegland at NBB’s Washington, D.C. board meeting where the elections took place. “Going forward our board will work together to build upon those, and to be the unified voice for a sustainable future for the biodiesel industry.”

Other officers elected to lead the board are:

* Gary Haer, vice chair, Renewable Energy Group, Inc., Ames, Iowa
* Graham Noyes, secretary, Imperium Renewables, Grays Harbor, Wash.
* Ed Ulch, treasurer, Iowa Soybean Association, Solon, Iowa.

The election is the first one under NBB’s newly adopted structure to help ensure the industry’s ability to speak with one voice. It streamlines and clarifies NBB’s membership categories, guarantees more biodiesel producers seats on the governing board, and envisions an increasing proportion of biodiesel producer-leaders over time.