JEFFERSON CITY, MO. - One of the National Biodiesel Board's champions has been honored for his life's work in furthering biodiesel in the United States. The American Soybean Association recognized Darryl Brinkmann, immediate past chairman of NBB, with the ASA Lifetime Achievement - Association Focus Award for his work with biodiesel through NBB and his other service to ASA.

"It is a real honor to have your colleagues pay tribute to you in that way," said Brinkmann, who was surprised with the award at ASA's banquet Friday night at the Commodity Classic in Grapevine, Texas. "Usually getting a new product to market takes longer than it has for biodiesel. During my time serving ASA on NBB's board, there have been lots of challenges, lots of successes, and lots of fun." The Commodity Classic is an annual agricultural trade show and convention.

"I credit a lot of what I helped accomplish to ASA, as well," Brinkmann added. "It was at the table when NBB was first formed; its members first started using biodiesel; and it has helped us working in the biodiesel industry get the tax incentive again and again."

Brinkmann, from Carlyle, Ill., serves on the NBB Executive Committee and Governing Board as the ASA representative. He was NBB chairman from 2004 - 2007. Brinkmann has also served on ASA's executive committee as vice president.

"We are so proud for Darryl to receive this honor," said Joe Jobe, NBB CEO. "It was on Darryl's watch that the first federal biodiesel tax incentive was enacted, along with other critical federal developments. Darryl did not take on the role of chairman during an easy time in our history. But he grew into the role with amazing fortitude and dignity, and as a result he made our industry stronger and better than he found it."

The Lifetime Achievement-Association Focus Award thanks the person who has worked on behalf of ASA for many years in furthering the interest of the soybean association. ASA's awards are done through a nomination process.

Biodiesel is the clean burning alternative to diesel fuel that can be domestically produced from renewable resources. Blends such as B20 can be used in any diesel engine without modification.

Based in Jefferson City, Mo., NBB is the national trade association of the biodiesel industry. Last year's nearly 700 million gallon production of this fuel reduced greenhouse gas emissions the equivalent of removing 980,000 vehicles from U.S. roads.

SOURCE: National Biodiesel Board.