Public agencies in Missouri are turning to biodiesel, which is made largely from soybeans, instead of regular diesel as pressure grows to cut emissions from their fleets of trucks, the Associated Press reported.

The fuel, which can cost anywhere from a nickel to 20 cents a gallon more than traditional diesel, generally is sold in a blend that is 20 percent biodiesel, known as B20.

The state's Department of Transportation, with a fleet of about 4,500 diesel-powered trucks, is looking to expand its use of the fuel, while Lambert Airport uses it in its snow-removal equipment and fire trucks, AP said.

Columbia, Jefferson City, and Fort Leonard Wood are among the other areas of the state that have recently stepped up its use of biodiesel.

Originally posted on Fleet Financials