Growing Fuel


Jay Myers, new United Soybean Board (USB) director and soybean farmer from Colfax, N.D., grows his own fuel.

A fourth-generation farmer who grows corn and soybeans on his family’s 2,100-acre property, Myers also operates a trucking business that transports ag inputs to farmers in nearby states.

“We get biodiesel as often as we can,” he said. “We run it in our tractors and trucks. We get about 90 percent of our biodiesel for our trucks in Minnesota, where there is a 2 percent biodiesel requirement for all diesel fuel.”

Myers enjoys the continuous opportunities for learning that serving on farmer organizations provides. He also enjoys the chance to spread useful information and cutting-edge research to his fellow farmers.

“I’ve been involved with a lot of research and education projects,” he said. “I like to help put tangible checkoff benefits, like ways to increase yield, into farmers’ hands.”

After serving on the North Dakota Soybean Growers Association for six years as a farmer leader, Myers continued to serve on the board for an additional four years as an industry representative.

His passion for farming has not gone unnoticed. This year, he won the Richland County Natural Resource Conservation Service Achievement Award.

“I really like growing things,” Myers said. “I grew up on a farm, and I always liked the way of life.”