JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Chuck Myers, a soybean farmer in Lyons, Nebraska, is disappointed that he can't make the 2006 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in San Diego this year, but he'll be able to feel like he's there with up-to-the-minute information.

The National Biodiesel Board has established a Biodiesel Blog on the Web. The blog will offer ready access to written updates, press releases, pictures, audio interviews and even some video from the conference, set for Feb. 5-8.

"I use the Internet every day to check markets, but this will be my first journey into the world of blogging," Myers said. "Following the conference as it happens from my office will be the next best thing to being there. It feels pretty cutting edge."

The conference includes educational sessions, a trade show and a planned live satellite radio broadcast with Willie Nelson, appearing in person at the conference. More than 40 educational sessions will feature information on everything from fuel quality standards, federal and state legislation updates, and diesel vehicle marketing strategies, to trends in Bioheat and opportunities in agricultural uses of biodiesel.

"Because there is so much happening at this conference, we were looking for a way to provide information not only to interested parties who are unable to attend the conference, but also for those who are attending and can't make it to everything," said NBB CEO Joe Jobe.

"Event coverage by blog is a new way of providing easily accessible information to people via the internet," said agribusiness blogger Chuck Zimmerman, who will be covering the meeting and hopes to post at least 20 articles a day from the event. "It can help an organization reach a much wider audience than just those who might be able to attend the event in person."

Audio interviews from the convention will be posted for immediate playback or as podcasts that will allow people to download and listen to them on personal audio devices like I-Pods. See How to subscribe to conference podcast for more information.

SOURCE: National Biodiesel Board.