Future Trends for Renewable Fuels, Agriculture and Crude Oil Will Be Addressed at Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit

Press Contact: Monte Shaw


Event is Free and Open to Public

JOHNSTON, IOWA – The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) today announced the speakers that will forecast future trends for U.S. agriculture and fuels during the 7th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit and Trade Show to be held January 30, 2013.

The “Market Outlook for 2013 and Beyond” panel will include Robert Gough, Director of Renewable Fuels for the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS).  Mr. Gough will provide an analysis of crude oil and renewable fuels price trends through the next decade.  Also joining the panel will be Nathan Kauffman, an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, who will discuss his recent publication which highlights the role of markets in determining the scale of ethanol production and its use of corn in the future.  The final panelist and moderator, John Urbanchuk of Cardno ENTRIX, will highlight the impact of renewable fuels on Iowa’s economy.

“This panel will provide the Summit audience with a glimpse of what to expect for renewable fuels and gasoline production, demand and pricing and its impact on farm commodities now and in the future,” stated IRFA Executive Director Monte Shaw.  “This panel will be an excellent compliment to announced speakers like Gov. Terry Branstad and Growth Energy’s Tom Buis.  Additional speakers will be announced soon.”

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit provides a great opportunity to hear experts address state and national issues facing the future of renewable fuels, as well as network with biofuels professionals and business leaders throughout the Midwest. The Summit, held at The Meadows Conference Center in Altoona, Iowa, is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.

The deadline for reserving an exhibit booth has been extended to January 11.  For information on the trade show and to register for the Summit, go to: https://iowarfa.org/2013Summit.php

Iowa is the leader in renewable fuels production.  Iowa has 41 ethanol refineries capable of producing over 3.7 billion gallons annually, with one wet mill and two cellulosic ethanol facilities currently under construction. In addition, Iowa has 12 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce 315 million gallons annually.

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association was formed in 2002 to represent the state’s liquid renewable fuels industry. The trade group fosters the development and growth of the renewable fuels industry in Iowa through education, promotion, legislation and infrastructure development.