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Published June 17, 2014, 10:26 AM

Workshops set on Minn. B10 mandate

Minnesota is shifting to a higher diesel mandate on July 1, and the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council is supporting a series of workshops intended to help farmers, diesel retailers and others learn more.

By: Jonathan Knutson, Agweek

Minnesota is shifting to a higher diesel mandate on July 1, and the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council is supporting a series of workshops intended to help farmers, diesel retailers and others learn more.

The change will require all No. 2 diesel fuel in the state, which now contains 5 percent biodiesel, to contain 10 percent biodiesel until Sept. 30. The rate reverts to 5 percent during the rest of the year.

Next year, and in subsequent years, the 10 percent mandate will be in place from April 1 to Sept. 30.

The workshops will examine state requirements for diesel and biodiesel fuel and provide strategies for successful storage and use of biodiesel blends.

Here’s the lineup of workshops:

•Duluth — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 23, Holiday Inn Duluth.

•International Falls — 8:30 to 11 a.m., June 24, AmericInn.

•Grand Rapids — 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., June 24, Timberlake Lodge.

•Crookston — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 25, American Legion.

•Alexandria — 8:30 to 11 a.m., June 26, Holiday Inn Alexandria.

•Saint Cloud — 2 to 4 p.m. June 26, Holiday Inn.

The workshops are free, but attendance is limited. Contact Ruby at 651-268-2146 or Ruby. Hocker@lung.org to register.

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