Soy Innovations in Transportation
page-template-default,page,page-id-19926,bridge-core-2.9.4,qode-page-transition-enabled,ajax_fade,page_not_loaded,,qode-child-theme-ver-1.0.0,qode-theme-ver-27.8,qode-theme-bridge,qode_header_in_grid,wpb-js-composer js-comp-ver-6.7.0,vc_responsive

Soy Innovations in Transportation

North Dakota Soybean Council is proud to showcase several products and resources brought to you by soybeans!



What is biodiesel? Biodiesel is a renewable fuel made from domestic, renewable sources like soybean oil. Diesel engines can run blends up to 20 percent biodiesel with no modifications.


Why should I consider using biodiesel? Biodiesel improves diesel’s lubricity, which saves wear and tear on engines in valuable farm machinery, trucks, marine equipment and passenger vehicles.


The biodiesel industry has a fuel quality program ( that enforces stringent ASTM specifications on fuel production to ensure that only high-quality fuel goes in to your tanks.

Photo credit United Soybean Board

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), biodiesel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 86 percent when compared to petroleum diesel. For every unit of fossil energy it takes to produce biodiesel, 3.5 units of renewable energy are returned (the best of any U.S. fuel).

Good for farmers: Based on current soybean prices, research has shown that biodiesel adds more than $1 of value to every bushel of soybeans grown in the U.S.

Good for North Dakota: Soybeans are a major industry in North Dakota, valuing over $2 billion in 2020. Biodiesel is a leading-edge fuel source that supports North Dakota’s economy.

Want to know more? Visit to learn more about the fuel and to discover how farmers are working to build the biodiesel industry.


For questions and assistance about diesel and biodiesel, call the Diesel Helpline at 800-929-3437 or email

ATTN North Dakota Soybean Farmers!


The North Dakota Soybean Council will be providing farmer education workshops for biodiesel in late 2021-22. In preparation for these workshops, we would appreciate you sharing your biodiesel experience in the brief survey below.


This information will remain anonymous unless you request more information.

Soy-Biobased Dust Suppressant


BioBlend Renewable Resources’ EPIC EL dust suppressant, was made available in part by receiving research funding from the North Dakota Soybean Council (NDSC) and the United Soybean Board to Jim Bahr, Senior Research Engineer at North Dakota State University (NDSU).


EPIC EL is made from soybean oil as well as glycerin, a coproduct of biodiesel production and uses approximately 190 bushels of soybeans per 275-gallon tote of EPIC EL-100 concentrate.


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as well as the American Lung Association has recognized the importance of dust control due to its negative implications on the respiratory system. Short and long-term exposure to air pollutants, such as dust, is associated with a number of adverse health impacts, such as, impacting lung function and exacerbate preexisting conditions like asthma and heart disease.

Environmentally Friendly: Biodegradable
Budget Friendly: Reduce the need to re-gravel
Family Friendly: Non-Toxic Ingredients
Maintenance Friendly: Avoid Equipment Corrosion
Health Friendly: Reduces dust breathed in from the air

Photo credit Jim Bahr, NDSU

For more information about BioBlend’s EPIC EL product, click here.


To learn more about North Dakota Soybean Council’s role in the development of BioBlend’s EPIC EL, click here.

Innovations in Rural Roads and Bridges


North Dakota soybean farmers invested in “Top 20 Innovations for Rural Bridge Replacement and Repair”, a resource for rural communities to improve their critical infrastructure.


“Our nation’s rural bridges serve as the initial step in a lengthy journey to the ultimate customer,” explains Mike Steenhoek, executive director of the Soy Transportation Coalition (STC). “Unfortunately, the region of the country in which bridge conditions are most severe – rural areas – also happen to be the region in which available funding to improve these conditions is stagnant or on the decline. The concern remains that if this starting line for farmers is not well-maintained, soybeans and grain will not effectively reach the finish line in delivering to our customers.”


Some of the innovative solutions for bridge replacements include Railroad Flat Car Bridges and Buried Soil Structures, among others.

Railroad Flat Car Bridge in Buchanan County, IA. Photo courtesy of Mike Steenhoek, Soy Transportation Coalition.

Buried Soil Structure Bridge. Photo courtesy of CONTECH Engineered Solutions.

“This report outlines significant possible cost savings available to rural counties in North Dakota looking to improve their bridge infrastructure,” says Chris Brossart, a soybean farmer from Wolford, North Dakota, and vice chairman of the Soy Transportation Coalition.


You can access the Top 20 Innovations for Rural Bridge Replacement and Repair by clicking here.

Learn more about the Soy Transportation Coalition at

Printed copies of the Top 20 Innovations for Rural Bridge Replacement and Repair can be requested from the ND Soybean Council office at 701-566-9300.

Soy-based concrete and asphalt extenders


RePlay – soy-based asphalt sealant

For more information, click here.

For an article detailing application of this product, click here.


PoreShield – soy-based concrete enhancer and preservation tool

For more information, click here.

For a video showing application of this product, click here.

Soy-based Goodyear Tires

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has agreed to phase out petroleum-derived oils from its products by 2040, and replace those with sustainably-produced U.S. soybean oil.

Photo credit MN Soybean Research & Promotion Council

With the help of Soy checkoff research funding, the company’s initial research discovered that soybean oil:

  • Improved tire flexibility across temperatures
  • Provided enhanced grip on road surfaces
  • Made it an ideal choice for Goodyear’s all-weather tire line.


The following Goodyear tire lines included soybean oil beginning in the years noted:

  • Assurance® WeatherReady® consumer tire line in 2017
  • Eagle® Enforcer All Weather™ in 2018
  • Eagle Exhilarate™ in 2019
  • Announced the Goodyear Assurance ComfortDrive™ in 2020.


For more information, click here.

For official press release, click here.

To view previous webinars hosted with more information on these soy innovations, you can view the videos below:

This webinar features in depth information on Epic EL, a soy-based dust suppressant.

This webinar features information on each of the soy innovations outlined below.