USDA Under Secretary Dallas Tonsager to Speak at 2013 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit and Trade Show

Press Contact: Monte Shaw


Event is Free, Registration Deadline January 23

JOHNSTON, IOWA – The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) today announced that U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager will address the 7th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit and Trade Show on January 30, 2013 at The Meadows Conference Center in Altoona, Iowa.

“Hearing the USDA’s outlook for renewable fuels and the role they play in rural development in America will be one of the many highlights of the 2013 Summit,” stated IRFA Executive Director Monte Shaw. “Mr. Tonsager has been a great voice for rural America, and the USDA has been a stickler for the facts when it comes to ethanol and biodiesel.”

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 a chance to 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. Additional speakers include: Gov. Terry Branstad, Growth Energy’s Tom Buis, Anne Korin of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security, and Nathan Kauffman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

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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.