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

May 24, 2018

Sapp Bros. opens another biodiesel blending terminal in Nebraska

Sapp Bros., owner of 17 travel plazas and more than 30 wholesale locations across the U.S., celebrated the opening of its newest biodiesel blending terminal in Columbus, Nebraska, May 24. Last August Sapp Bros. opened a terminal in Norfolk, Nebraska. READ MORE

May 23, 2018

AGQM issues quality check material for pharmaceutical glycerin

The new QC material offering for PhGly can be used internally to check various analysis methods for glycerin from the European Pharmacopeia such as glycerin and water content, along with additional standard methods such as color via EN ISO 6271-2. READ MORE

May 23, 2018

Industry Innovations

In his Editor's Note from the Spring 2018 print issue of Biodiesel Magazine, Ron Kotrba discusses the nature of editors' notes, the Spotlight feature in this latest edition of the magazine, and the need to sometimes step back. READ MORE

May 23, 2018

Pioneering Achievements

Biodiesel Magazine spotlights eight companies—four process technology providers, two commodity firms, a blending equipment manufacturer and an adsorbent supplier—forging new paths in their respective fields. READ MORE

May 21, 2018

Biodiesel summer conference series kicks off June 12

For the first time, the National Biodiesel Board, with funding from the Nebraska Soybean Board and Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, is taking biodiesel on a cross-country tour for a series of one-day workshops from coast to coast. READ MORE

May 17, 2018

The New Feedstock Frontier

Cutting-edge research and development has the potential to turn conventional wisdom on its head and revolutionize how, and from where, plant oils are obtained. READ MORE

May 15, 2018

Free biodiesel webinar May 22 on advanced elemental analysis

Biodiesel Magazine is holding a free webinar May 22 titled New Advances in Detection Technology for Biodiesel Impurities. The webinar, the latest in the Biodiesel Magazine Webinar Series, is sponsored by Spectro Analytical Instruments. Register here. READ MORE

May 10, 2018

REG completes major expansion project at Ralston biodiesel plant

Renewable Energy Group wrapped up a $32 million expansion and upgrade project at its Ralston, Iowa, biodiesel plant. Production capacity in Ralston has more than doubled, from 12 to 30 MMgy, and its logistics and storage capabilities were upgraded. READ MORE

May 08, 2018

RIN cap declared dead, export scheme resurfaces at RFS meeting

The latest in a series of politicized, high-level meetings on RFS took place at the White House where Ted Cruz's scheme to cap prices on RINs has finally fallen flat, but talk of exported gallons qualifying for domestic obligations resurfaced. READ MORE

May 03, 2018

Iowa legislature renews biofuels infrastructure program funding

Iowa's legislature voted to fund the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program another year. Senate File 2414, which includes $3 million for RFIP out of the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund for 2019, is headed to Gov. Kim Reynolds for signing. READ MORE