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2006 Ag Innovator of the Year: FUMPA BioFuels

FUMPA BioFuels (part of Farmers Union Industries) was one of the pioneers of Minnesota’s biodiesel industry. Organizers began the process of setting up the plant and getting all the necessary certifications in order to help launch Minnesota’s 2 percent biodiesel mandate in 2005.

“The Minnesota Legislature had passed a 2 percent biodiesel requirement for all the diesel supply in Minnesota, but, in order for the requirement to kick in, there had to be a certain level of in-state production,” recalls Chuck Neece, the director of regulatory compliance for Farmers Union Industries. “Our plant was first, followed by two others.”

The biodiesel production part of the company wrapped up in 2010, but Farmers Union Industries (FUI) continues to diversify and prosper and has brought 350 jobs to Minnesota communities including Detroit Lakes, St. Cloud, Redwood Falls and Long Prairie.