2015 Biofuels Tour Special Edition
September 17, 2015 - Issue #212View Full Issue
The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) recently hosted the 7th Annual Biofuels: Science and Sustainability Tour which brings Washington, D.C. decision makers to Iowa for an up-close, hands-on experience with today’s renewable fuels industry. This year’s tour took a record amount of participants on an engaging biofuels journey, visiting an ethanol plant, biodiesel production facility, a cellulosic ethanol ethanol facility, a family farm, and so much more!
With debate and deliberation on the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) at fever pitch, and Iowa’s first in the nation status in regards to renewable fuels production, the tour allowed policy makers to discuss important issues facing the renewable fuels industry, including the RFS, tax policy, the Farm Bill, the Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership, and more.
Tour participants represented the offices of Representatives Rod Blum (Iowa), Matt Cartwright (Pa.), Tom Emmers (Minn.), Walter Jones (N.C.), Steve King (Iowa), Dave Loebsack (Iowa), Collin Peterson (Minn.), Adrian Smith (Neb.), David Young (Iowa), Senators Sherrod Brown (Ohio), Joni Ernst (Iowa), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Chuck Grassley (Iowa), Pat Roberts (Kan.), Mike Rounds (S.D.), the Senate Committee on Agriculture, the Congressional Research Service, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).