IRFA Launches Renewable Fuels Video Contest for Iowa High School Students

Press Contact: T.J. Page


5th Annual “Fuel the Future” Video Contest to Award $2,000 in Cash Prizes for Top Student-Produced Videos

JOHNSTON, IOWA – The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) today announced the launch of the 5th Annual “Fuel the Future” Video Contest for Iowa high school students.  This year, IRFA is seeking the best student-produced video promoting the use of ethanol, E15, and/or biodiesel.  The top three video entries will receive prizes in the amounts of $1,000, $600 and $400 respectively; will be aired at the 2015 Iowa Renewable Fuel Summit on January 27; and will be featured on IRFA’s YouTube® channel.

“The IRFA video contest is now open, and we’re excited to see the creative ways Iowa high school students promote ethanol and biodiesel this year,” said IRFA Communications Director T.J. Page.  “With attacks from ethanol and biodiesel opponents ramping up, we can’t wait to see how Iowa high school students set the record straight on renewable fuels through their highly entertaining and informative videos.”

The Fuel the Future contest is limited to students currently attending high school (grades 9-12 in a public, private or home school) in Iowa.  Video entries may not exceed two minutes in length and must be submitted to IRFA via DVD, flash drive, or secure web link.  To be considered for the contest, all completed video entries must be received in the IRFA office by January 16, 2015.  For more information, including the official entry form and contest rules, please visit

For additional questions, please contact T.J. Page at (515) 252-6249 or

The winning video from last year’s contest, produced by John Low of Marion and titled “E15: The Fuel of the Future,” can be viewed here:

IRFA also extends a sincere thank you to the law firm of Faegre Baker Daniels for sponsoring this contest for the fifth consecutive year.

Iowa is the nation’s leader in renewable fuels production. Iowa has 43 ethanol refineries capable of producing more than 3.8 billion gallons annually, including 22 million gallons of annual cellulosic ethanol production capacity and one cellulosic ethanol facility currently under construction. In addition, Iowa has 12 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce nearly 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.