Ron Kotrba

Ron Kotrba is Editor of Biodiesel Magazine, published by BBI International and based out of Grand Forks, North Dakota. Before becoming editor of Biodiesel Magazine, Kotrba was senior writer for all of BBI International’s publications, writing for the company since January 2005. Prior to that, Kotrba was an advanced engineering laboratory technician for an OEM exhaust supplier and was involved in developmental work on diesel aftertreatment systems such as diesel particulate filters, urea SCR and lean NOx traps. Kotrba earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University.

Latest Posts by Ron Kotrba

January 15, 2018

Iowa 80 Truckstop in Walcott wins 2018 Biodiesel Marketing Award

The Iowa 80 Truckstop in Walcott, Iowa, has been awarded the 2018 Biodiesel Marketing Award by Bill Northey, the state's agriculture secretary. Iowa 80 Truckstop began offering biodiesel in 2002. Today it offers blends from B11 to B20 year-round. READ MORE

January 12, 2018

Innoltek acquires Evoleum biodiesel plant in Quebec

Canadian biodiesel producer Innoltek Inc., based in Thetford Mines, Quebec, where it operates a 5 MMly biodiesel facility, has acquired the 19 MMly Evoleum biodiesel plant formerly known as QFI Biodiesel in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. READ MORE

January 05, 2018

15 Years of Biodiesel Magazine

In his editor's note from the Winter 2018 print edition of Biodiesel Magazine, Ron Kotrba celebrates the 15th year of publication for the magazine and provides a brief overview of what the issue has in store for readers. READ MORE

January 05, 2018

Against the Odds

Continued investment and expansion took place in the U.S. biodiesel sector throughout 2017, despite rising political uncertainty and a lapsed tax credit. Here is an overview of some of the activity, plus a special sidebar story from Joe Jobe. READ MORE

January 04, 2018

Biodiesel Agents of Change

Biodiesel Magazine spotlights four companies—a respected producer, a service-oriented wholesaler, a 200-year old chemical firm, and a fuel conditioning company—that enable biodiesel's role as an effective change agent. READ MORE

December 15, 2017

Brazil’s Senate passes bill creating a national biofuels policy

Brazil's Senate approved a bill Dec. 12 creating a national biofuels policy, RenovaBio, to increase use of biodiesel and ethanol, in addition to other biofuels, to improve the nation's energy security and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. READ MORE

December 15, 2017

Growmark provides biodiesel-blended Top Tier Diesel Fuel

Illinois-based agricultural cooperative Growmark Inc. is now providing biodiesel-blended Top Tier Diesel Fuel. The Top Tier Diesel Performance Standard was developed by a consortium of OEMs to benefit owners of diesel-powered vehicles and equipment. READ MORE

December 05, 2017

USITC votes 4-0 that US biodiesel industry injured by imports

The U.S. International Trade Commission determined in a 4-0 vote that the U.S. biodiesel industry is materially injured by biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia, which the U.S. Department of Commerce previously determined are subsidized. READ MORE

November 30, 2017

First RFS rule from Trump EPA a big disappointment for biodiesel

The U.S. EPA released its final rule for renewable volume obligations under the RFS Nov. 30, and the Trump administration's first final rule is a big disappointment for biodiesel producers. The rule stalls biodiesel volumes at 2.1 billion gallons. READ MORE

November 16, 2017

US biodiesel leadership sends RFS letter to President Trump

Executive leaders of the National Biodiesel Board have sent a letter to U.S. President Donald J. Trump on the 2018-'19 final rule for the Renewable Fuel Standard, which the White House Office of Management and Budget is currently reviewing. READ MORE