MSGA and SDSA Applaud Move by Western Petroleum to add B5 to their Sioux Falls Terminal

MANKATO, MN (09/15/2010)(readMedia)-- The Minnesota Soybean Growers Assocation (MSGA) and the South Dakota Soybean Association (SDSA) applaud the recent announcement from Western Petroleum that they will begin offering blends of five percent biodiesel (B5) at their NuStar Sioux Falls, SD terminal at the end of this month.

"Biodiesel is a clean burning alternative fuel, produced from domestic, renewable resources," said Dan Feige, American Soybean Association (ASA) Director, National Biodiesel Board (NBB) Member and SDSA Biodiesel Chairman. "Since biodiesel is made in the US from renewable resources such as soybeans, its use decreases our dependence on foreign oil and contributes to our own local economy."

Western Petroleum is based in Eden Prairie, MN and is one of the nation's largest independently owned petroleum marketing companies. They previously rolled out biodiesel blends of B5 at their terminal in Hugo, MN when the state's B5 mandate took effect.

In a recent press release the company noted that its blend of B5 and Yukon diesel yielded excellent cold weather performance last winter, with no reports of gelling or icing.

"This is a win-win for biodiesel users in South Dakota and Western Minnesota," said Lance Peterson, American Soybean Association (ASA) Director and Minnesota Biodiesel Council (MBC) board member. "We are very pleased with the company's decision, which shows their support for soybean farmers, rural communities and the biodiesel industry."

The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association is a non-profit, farmer-controlled membership organization established in 1962. Its goal is to assure profitable soybean farming by monitoring government policies and supporting research and market development activities.

The South Dakota Soybean Association is the membership organization for South Dakota soybean farmers. Our purpose is to develop and implement policies and objectives of our members. We strive to enhance profitability and increase demand for the SD Soybean Industry.