2017 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit Roundtable to Focus on Future Outlook for Biofuels Exports

Contact: Cassidy Riley

Experts will discuss opportunities and challenges in the coming years

JOHNSTON, IOWA – Iowa ethanol and biodiesel both saw record-breaking production in 2016, and this year is expected to be no different. With production at an all-time high, the question remains what will be the opportunities to market Iowa biofuels in 2017 and beyond?

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit roundtable “Exports: Today & Tomorrow” will address this question and more. Expert panelists will focus on the rapidly growing global markets for biofuels and co-products, the regulatory constraints, and the challenges presented by competing imports.

The roundtable will feature two experts from the U.S. Grains Council (USGC)  – Mike Dwyer, USGC DC and Ryan LeGrand, USGC Mexico City – and Gary Haer from the Renewable Energy Group.

“We’ve seen a substantial increase in global demand for biofuels and their co-products over the past few years,” said Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Executive Director Monte Shaw. “Yet challenges remain, including China imposing new tariffs on ethanol and distillers dried grains last week and Argentina aggressively subsidizing biodiesel production and undercutting U.S. biodiesel. Our roundtable experts will provide analysis on these issues and the future of biofuels exports.”

The Summit is free to attend and open to the public. Registration is required. The last day to register is January 27, 2017. The Summit will take place at the Meadows Conference Center at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa on Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

To register to attend and learn more about the 2017 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit, please visit: https://iowarfa.org/summit/.

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association represents the state’s liquid renewable fuels industry and works to foster its growth. Iowa is the nation’s leader in renewable fuels production with 43 ethanol refineries capable of producing 4 billion gallons annually – including nearly 55 million gallons of annual cellulosic ethanol production capacity – and 12 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce over 350 million gallons annually. For more information, visit the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association website at: www.IowaRFA.org.