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Soybean Business: Fueling Communities

During my tenure as a journalist in Washington, D.C., I can recall many an editor cautioning me, “the numbers don’t tell the whole story,” or “look beyond the numbers.” I can now say that it was wise advice for a naïve young man.

It’s part of the reason I traveled to southeastern Minnesota to put a human face on biodiesel’s economic impact on rural communities. Certainly, the numbers on a statewide basis are impressive. According to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the total economic impact of the biodiesel industry is estimated at $1.7 billion, with the total employment impact estimated at nearly 5,400 jobs.