ASA Positions

Tax Incentive

ASA supports extension of the biodiesel tax incentive for 2018 and beyond.

Renewable Fuel Standard

  • ASA supports achievable annual increases in biomass-based diesel and total Advanced Biofuel volumes.
  • ASA opposes efforts to repeal, limit, or undermine the biomass-based diesel portion of the RFS
  • ASA seeks appropriate implementation and enforcement of RFS and trade rules for imported biodiesel

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Learn more about biodiesel from the National Biodiesel Board.

#RefuelTheRFS Resource Center
Why #RefuelTheRFS?

The Environmental Protection Agency has released a proposal that would set the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Required Volume Obligation (RVO) for Biomass-based diesel at 1.28 billion gallons for 2014 and 2015. This would be a setback to the U.S. biodiesel industry as production this year is expected to reach 1.7 billion gallons, and setting the 2014 and 2015 RVO at a level lower than 2013 production would be detrimental to the U.S. biodiesel industry and soybean farmers.

Reducing the 2014 and 2015 RVO for Biomass-based diesel below 2013 production levels would result in reduced demand for soybean oil, which accounts for about half of all U.S. biodiesel production. The 1.7 billion gallons of biodiesel that is expected to be produced in 2013 will utilize over 6 billion pounds of soybean oil.

ASA needs your help and the help of all soybean farmers to encourage the EPA to #RefuelTheRFS by setting the 2014 RVO for biomass-based diesel at 1.7 billion gallons. Below is a collection of resources including letters, fact sheets and talking points for you to use as you talk to your elected officials about this critical issue.

Public Comments:

ASA Member Comments to EPA [gview file=””]

Send the above message directly to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy by clicking here.

Talking Points:

Talking Points on Maintaining Progress in the RFS [gview file=””]

News Releases:

ASA Director Cunningham Testifies on Importance of Raising the Proposed Biodiesel RVO – 12/5/13

EPA’s RFS Proposal Goes Backward on Biodiesel – 11/15/15


Testimony from ASA Director Mike Cunningham to EPA [gview file=””]


Letter from the Senate to EPA [gview file=””]

Iowa Letter Requesting Hearing [gview file=””]

Dear Colleague Letter from Reps. Latham and McIntyre [gview file=””]

Letter from Sens. Murray, Blunt, Franken and Grassley to EPA [gview file=””]

Communications from EPA:

EPA’s Original Proposed Rule [gview file=””]

EPA’s Regulatory Announcement [gview file=””]

Issues Background

Tax Incentive

Under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, the biodiesel tax credit was extended for one year, retroactively for 2017, but not for 2018. Extension of the tax incentive is important to the industry’s continued growth. ASA supports extension of the biodiesel tax incentive for 2018 and beyond.

Biodiesel production benefits soybean farmers and the livestock industry. Approximately half of U.S. biodiesel is produced from soybean oil that is a by-product of soybean production, which is driven by demand for protein meal (soybeans are 80% meal and 20% oil). In addition, rendered animal fat is a significant feedstock for biodiesel and renewable diesel, further benefiting livestock industry partners.

The biodiesel tax incentive has encouraged significant investment to expand the domestic biodiesel industry and help it become price competitive with petroleum diesel. At this stage, biodiesel requires the tax incentive to be cost competitive with the more mature and entrenched petroleum diesel industry and subsidized foreign biofuels. Biomass-based diesel is the most commercially available advanced biofuel and it provides significant economic, energy security, environmental and health benefits.

Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)

The EPA’s 2017 RFS volume requirements set biomass-based diesel at 2.1 billion gallons for 2019 and total Advanced Biofuels at 4.24 for 2018. ASA and the biodiesel industry supported 2.5 billion gallons of biomass- based diesel for 2019 and 4.75 billion gallons of Advanced Biofuels for 2018.

Utilization already exceeds the amounts being imposed by EPA for future years. The biomass-based diesel utilization in the U.S. was approximately 2.6 billion gallons in 2017, of which 1.8 billion gallons was domestically produced and 800 million gallons were imported.

Biodiesel provides multiple energy, economic, and environmental benefits.

  • It provides increasing volumes of a domestically produced, renewable energy source.
  • It provides significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions resulting in improved air quality.
  • It has expanded markets for farmers and livestock producers and created new jobs and economic growth, particularly in rural America.

Biodiesel achieves this without adverse impacts on food and feed production. Biodiesel actually has a positive impact on soybean meal supplies. Processing biodiesel from soybeans uses only the oil, which comprises 20% of the soybean, and leaves the other 80% available as protein-rich soy meal for use as animal feed, thus creating a surplus and bringing down the cost of feed.

Global demand for soy meal protein has resulted in increased soybean production and at the same time soy oil has been displaced from food markets due to the shift away from trans fat. Biodiesel is an important market outlet for soy oil. Without it, surplus soy oil would be a drag on soybean prices. Increasing the RFS volume requirements for biomass-based diesel helps farmers and rural communities by providing a market for surplus soy oil while also creating jobs, diversifying our fuel supply, and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions.


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