BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Illinois farmers Jeff Lynn and Rob Shaffer have been elected to positions on the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) governing board. NBB is a trade association representing a wide range of member companies in the biodiesel industry, including biodiesel producers and fuel distributors.
Representing the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA), Lynn was re-elected to the NBB board after previously serving a partial term. Shaffer represents the American Soybean Association (ASA). As NBB governing board members, Lynn and Shaffer will work to secure strong markets for biodiesel fuel made from soybean oil and other feedstocks. Both will serve two-year terms.
Lynn, of Oakfield, Illinois, operates a family corn and soybean farm in Cass County, where he is a Chandlerville Township trustee. He is president of the National Biodiesel Foundation and an at-large director of ISA, where he serves on the marketing committee.
Shaffer, of El Paso, Illinois, is a fourth-generation soybean, corn and Angus cattle farmer. In addition to serving on the ASA board of directors, Shaffer is a director of the National Biodiesel Foundation and the Roanoke Farmers Association Elevator.
Another Illinois farmer, Mike Cunningham of Bismarck, recently completed his term of service on the NBB governing board, serving as vice chairman as well as a director of the National Biodiesel Foundation.
“We are fortunate in Illinois to have leaders who are passionate about biodiesel and willing to dedicate their time and talents to help advance the industry,” says Rebecca Richardson, ISA biodiesel lead. “These leaders are one reason why Illinois is respected nationally as being on the forefront of biodiesel production and consumption.”
The ISA checkoff and membership programs represent more than 43,000 soybean farmers in Illinois. The checkoff funds market development, soybean production and profitability research, issues management analysis, communications and education. Membership and advocacy efforts support Illinois soybean farmer interests in local areas, Springfield and Washington, D.C. through the Illinois Soybean Growers. ISA programs are designed to ensure Illinois soy is the highest quality, most dependable, sustainable and competitive in the global marketplace. For more information, visit www.ilsoy.org.
— Illinois Soybean Board
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