There were 850 pre-registered and over 100 day of show registrations. This business is hot. Some observations:Lyle, over at the Piedmont Biofuels Energy Blog, also posted throughout the event - day 1, day2, and day 3.
There are actual customers at the show. Farmers, entrepreneurs, distributors, retailers, large fuel consumers, and more. Actual customers of biodiesel. Companies that want to expand their investment in the business. This is a good sign. Many trade shows I have been to end up being alot of vendors talking to each other wondering where the real customers are. This is not the case here.
Total US Biodiesel production was between 30-35M gallons in 2004. It was roughly flat with 2003 due in large part to the 50% increase in soy prices during the year. The effects of the Soy price shock were somewhat blunted by the petrol price rises at the same time.
The Kansan.com has a more traditional report on the conference.