‘Diesel Brothers’ stars at MN Ag Expo

Tim Krohn The Free Press, Mankato, Minn. McClatchy-Tribune Information Services
Farm Forum

MANKATO, Minn. — The DieselSellerz, stars of Discovery’s “Diesel Brothers” show, were at the MN Ag Expo on Jan. 25 talking with fans and previewing a truck the foursome is building for the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council.

“People will go crazy over this truck,” said Dave Sparks, known as Heavy D. “Normally we work with ad agencies and now we’re working with farmers. For me, that’s my favorite part. At the end of the day, the main people driving this project are farmers, and we love that part of it.”

The project coincides with Minnesota moving to B20 — 20 percent biodiesel — this spring. Sparks said that when the Mankato-based research council approached the Utah-based DieselSellerz last year about a possible partnership, it made sense because both groups share an interest in promoting renewable fuels and dispelling diesel myths.

“Biodiesel is the future of fuel,” Sparks said. “This is something that’s sustainable and has a lot of technology and science behind it. We’re working on innovation and technology and trying to improve the diesel industry and so is MSR&PC.”

The DieselSellerz plan to unveil the truck they’re building next month at Commodity Classic in Anaheim, California. Sparks said an episode featuring the Ford F550 should air this spring on Discovery.

The DieselSellerz, accompanied by a Discovery film crew, first visited Minnesota last August, when they appeared at FarmFest and toured a local farm and biodiesel production facility.

“We went and saw how the soybeans process unfolds and a how seed turns into fuel,” Sparks said. “It’s new and exciting and something we’ve never done. Our viewers are going to get a taste of something completely different.”