With support from musician and biodiesel advocate Willie Nelson, the trucking industry is turning to biodiesel as an American-made supplement to regular diesel fuel. Biodiesel helps reduce United States dependence on foreign oil, supports American farmers, and protects the environment.

In response, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) has created a web site (www.biotrucker.com) as a resource for truckers. The site includes the latest information about biodiesel availability, trucker testimonials, technical information, discussion boards, and other current news. Truckers are encouraged to become a “BioTrucker” to receive the latest biodiesel-related news and information.

Biodiesel is a cleaner-burning fuel that can be made from any fat or vegetable oil, such as soybean oil, and works in any diesel engine. It can be blended with petroleum diesel at any level or used in its pure form.

Willie Nelson Biodiesel, the singer’s new company, has opened several pumps at truck stops nationwide. The pumps carry B20, a mixture of 20% biodiesel and 80% diesel. Future plans include other truck stops carrying B20 along the East Coast. In addition, biodiesel is available to truckers at other fueling sites throughout the nation.

Mike DeSimone, owner of Cross Creek Trucking in Central Point OR, began using B20 in 100 refrigerated 18-wheelers recently. He said he thinks it’s important for his company to support American agriculture, especially since it’s a large part of his customer base.

“We’re taking a stand to show farmers we will use their crops in hopes that they will continue producing,” DeSimone said.

Biodiesel is available at more than 450 retail pumps and by more than 1,400 petroleum distributors in the United States.