IRFA Applauds Perdue’s Support for RFS, Outreach to Ag Leaders

Contact: Cassidy Riley

JOHNSTON, IOWA – Today U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue hosted a town hall on pressing issues concerning agriculture, renewable fuels, and rural America at the farm of Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) member Bill Couser, near Nevada, Iowa. IRFA President Eamonn Byrne and Executive Director Monte Shaw also attended. Following the event, Shaw made the following statement:

“It is encouraging to see in only his second week on the job, Secretary Perdue is pursing input from farmers, renewable fuels producers, and other stakeholders directly impacted by the decisions his agency will make. We especially appreciated his reiteration of support for the Renewable Fuel Standard. For many years, USDA has been a leader in the effort to expand access to higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel and it is clear the new secretary understand how imperative they are for the ag economy. We fully expect he will continue the USDA’s legacy in this area and continue to aggressively pursue greater access to renewable fuels at the pump.”

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: