Wisconsin soybean farmers help Madison grow sustainable vehicle fleet

Madison Fleet Superintendent Mahanth Joishy said Madison’s desire to lower carbon emissions is a driving force behind the use of biodiesel fuel in its fleet of vehicles.

The city of Madison will have a greener vehicles among its fleet thanks to Wisconsin soybean farmers.

The Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board (WSMB) and the National Biodiesel Board announced the investment of funds to help the City of Madison retrofit 20 Fleet Service vehicles to run nearly 100 percent on biodiesel fuel.

The groups say the economic and environmental benefits of this investment will include reduced carbon emissions, cleaner air and water, and an expanded market for Wisconsin soybean farmers whose soybeans are a key ingredient of biodiesel fuel.

“As demand continues to grow for domestic, renewable, low-carbon fuel, Wisconsin soybean farmers are answering the call,” said Jonathan Gibbs, Wisconsin Soybean Farmer, Wisconsin Soybean Board Member, and serves on the National Biodiesel Board. “Not only is biodiesel good for the environment, but it’s great for Wisconsin’s economy. The work our farmers are doing is helping to reduce our dependence on imported fossil fuels and creating jobs. The more biodiesel our industries use, the more our farmers produce, and the more jobs are created.”

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