With music legend Willie Nelson's help, biodiesel is gaining momentum with the trucking industry. Nelson's new company, Willie Nelson Biodiesel, has opened several pumps at truck stops nationwide.

Recent natural disasters, Mid-East turmoil, diminishing refineries and an increase in consumption has lead to a significant rise in the price of gasoline. While energy conservation is one way to curb costs, continued research and development into new fuel options, such as biodiesel, has piqued the interest of those who make their living through vehicles.

The Nelson pumps carry B20, a mixture of 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent petrol-based diesel. Biodiesel is a cleaner-burning fuel that can be made from fats or vegetable oils, such as soybean oil, and works in any diesel engine.

According to the National Biodiesel Board, the trucking industry is turning to biodiesel as an American-made supplement to regular diesel fuel. Biodiesel, the organization says, has the added benefits of helping to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil, supporting American farmers and protecting the environment.

“National energy initiatives are helping to make biodiesel more cost-competitive,” says Joe Jobe, CEO of the NBB. “And each day we hear about new truckers who are interested in biodiesel's benefits.”

Biodiesel is available at more than 450 retail pumps and by more than 1,400 petroleum distributors in the United States.