Robert Soleta: A Proponent of Gasohol Production

Robert Soleta is a farmer as well as a firm proponent of gasohol production using raw agricultural products.

| July/August 1979

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    Robert Soleta is a farmer as well as a firm proponent of gasohol alcohol, a form of energy created from soybeans, corn, wheat, milo and more.

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The following interview with Robert Soleta — a farmer as well as a firm proponent of gasohol-alcohol — is reprinted, with permission, from the March 1979 issue of ACRES, U.S.A.. . . which, as we've said before, is one of the hardest hitting real farm publications around.  

Mr. Soleta, exactly what is the National Gasohol Commission? How is it funded?  

Well, over the past few years a lot of people have become interested in gasohol, and — since Nebraska both originated and has become the Mecca of the farmer's alcohol idea — these folks kept descending on Nebraska. And the state agency there was really not able to cope with all the incoming requests for information. People who were interested in gasohol began to realize that there had to be a central clearing house for the whole nation . . . one that all states could support and benefit from. The consequence was that in June of last year a non-profit corporation, the National Gasohol Commission, was created and put on record. In November of 1978, the Board of Directors asked me to become the Commission's National Director. 

How were they led to you?  

I first came down representing Minnesota, albeit as a private citizen. I met some of the folks involved, and — as a result — became one of three contact people in Minnesota.

How does the Commission get its funding?  

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