Iowa Gov. Branstad Receives Biofuels Industry Awards

In recognition of his years of unwavering support for the U.S. ethanol industry, two national renewable fuels industry trade groups awarded Iowa Governor Terry Branstad awards. The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) chose Gov. Branstad as the recipient of the RFA 2016 Industry Award, and Growth Energy presented the Iowa Governor with its 2016 America’s Fuel Award.  RFA’s Industry Award is bestowed annually to individuals that demonstrate great dedication and innovation within the industry, while Growth Energy’s America’s Fuel Award is presented to an individual who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to act as a champion for the renewable fuels industry.

Receiving 2016 RFA Award

Former IRFA President Rick Schwarck (left) presenting Gov. Branstad (right) with the 2016 RFA Industry Award.

“Governor Branstad was a founding member of the Governors’ Ethanol Coalition, and throughout his career he has worked tirelessly on behalf of our nation’s ethanol producers and farmers,” said RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen. “I can think of no better recipient for this year’s RFA Industry Award. The people of Iowa are lucky to have a man of such vision and character leading their state.”

“Governor Branstad’s track record of advocating for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), a policy that helps increase American jobs, consumer choice, reduces our dependence on foreign oil and produces homegrown, cleaner burning renewable fuels made him a clear and deserving winner of the America’s Fuel Award,” said Co-Chair and Acting CEO of Growth Energy, Tom Buis.

Gov. Branstad is the longest-serving governor in American history, and is currently serving his sixth non-consecutive term after first being elected to office in 1983.


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