Two Local Farmers Wins $500 of Biodiesel-blended Fuel

Contact: Cassidy Walter

JOHNSTON, IOWA – Gary Langbein of Sac County and Alan Bennett of Ida County are two of eight winners in a 2018 biodiesel giveaway at the Farm Progress Show.

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) partnered with the Iowa Soybean Association and Iowa Biodiesel Board during the 2018 Farm Progress Show to offer Iowa farmers eight chances to win $500 worth of biodiesel-blended fuel. Farmers from across the state entered to win during the three-day event in Boone.

“I am excited to have won this contest, but I have used biodiesel and ethanol on my farm for a number of years,” Bennett said. “We farmers should be the first and most fervent supporters of Iowa biodiesel because it is made from our commodities.”

Biodiesel is commonly made from soybean oil, animal fat, corn oil, and used cooking oil. It reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 86 percent, adds 63 cents to each bushel of Iowa soybeans, and increases the value of Iowa livestock.

“I am proud to use biodiesel on my farm,” Langbein said. “I thank IRFA for this opportunity and making it possible for more farmers to try biodiesel.”

Bennett and Langbein will be using biodiesel from Community Oil in Carroll and First Coop in Cherokee, just like the fuel produced at Western Iowa Energy in nearby Wall Lake.

“At Western Iowa Energy we produce fuel that supports Iowa farmers and our local community,” said Brad Wilson, president and general manager of Western Iowa Energy. “It is always exciting to hear from farmers who are using biodiesel. In addition to the benefits it provides to Iowa agriculture and the environment, biodiesel is a high-quality fuel that enhances engine performance.”







Bennett and his family on the family farm.







Langbein with his kids on the family farm.


The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association represents the state’s liquid renewable fuels industry and works to foster its growth. Iowa is the nation’s leader in renewable fuels production with 44 ethanol refineries capable of producing nearly 4.4 billion gallons annually – including over 60 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol – and 12 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce 400 million gallons annually. For more information, visit the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association website at: