Iowa Gov., Kim Reynolds, signed an executive order on Tuesday, requiring all new contracts for the purchase of state vehicles with diesel engines to have the ability to use B20 biodiesel or more. The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) began using biodiesel in 1994 and uses B20, a blend of 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent petroleum-based diesel, most of the year in their snow plows, motor graders and more. Reynolds, who signed the order at the Iowa Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Des Moines says, “Biodiesel is a growing and vital industry in Iowa, and I will always work tirelessly for the continued expansion of the biofuels market. Ethanol and biodiesel remain essential to the health of the agricultural economy, sustainable environmental commitments and employ thousands of Iowans.” Iowa’s biodiesel industry supports the equivalent of 4,700 full-time jobs and accounts for $568 million of Iowa’s gross domestic product. Eleven biodiesel plants in Iowa produced 365 million gallons in 2018 and have committed to a 20 percent production capacity increase to nearly 400 million gallons by the end of 2019.
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