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Spotlight on Biofuels


The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) works to develop and diversify Minnesota's agricultural industries, markets, and products through market research, market information, and technical assistance.

MDA’s biofuels program fosters rural economic vitality by promoting the production and use of biofuels and other bioenergy products. Specific program actions include:

  • Providing technical and other assistance to Minnesota biofuel producers;
  • Creating and distributing marketing materials to agricultural stakeholders in Minnesota;
  • Participating in intergovernmental teams and projects across the state and nation;
  • Tracking bioenergy legislation and engaging policymakers in productive dialogue;
  • Supporting the development and commercialization of new bioenergy technologies; and,
  • Ensuring the successful use of biofuels in Minnesota

In 2013, MDA produced three reports on various bioenergy topics: 

  • Petroleum Replacement – Annual report on promotion efforts for meeting Minnesota’s petroleum replacement goals.
  • Legislative Report on Biodiesel – Annual report on Minnesota’s biodiesel industry and policies.
  • NextGen Energy – Annual report on the progress and activities of Minnesota’s Next Generation Energy Board.