Iowa Gubernatorial and Secretary of Agriculture Candidates Return Renewable Fuels Surveys

Contact: Cassidy Walter

JOHNSTON, IOWA – Today the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) released the results of its 2018 gubernatorial and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture candidate renewable fuels surveys. All candidates who returned surveys displayed strong support for Iowa biofuels and the policies that impact their growth.

“Given the tremendous impact Iowa biofuels have on the state’s economy, and given the continuing economic challenges confronting rural Iowa, it is of the utmost importance that the next Iowa Governor and Secretary of Agriculture share a vision for the state that involves a robust biofuels sector,” said Grant Menke, IRFA policy director.

According to a recent IRFA study, Iowa’s renewable fuels industry accounts for $5 billion of Iowa GDP, generates $2.4 billion in income for Iowa households and supports more than 46,000 jobs throughout all sectors of the Iowa economy.

“We were encouraged that every survey returned indicated strong support for Iowa biofuels,” Menke said. “It is our hope voters will take the candidates’ views on this important issue under consideration on primary day next Tuesday.”

To view the full survey results, click here.

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 nearly 4.4 billion gallons annually – including approximately 55 million gallons of annual cellulosic ethanol production capacity – and 12 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce 400 million gallons annually. For more information, visit the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association website at: