The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association recently hosted the 11th 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 40 participants on an engaging biofuels journey, visiting an ethanol plant, biodiesel plant, family farm, multiple fuel blending facilities, an Iowa fuel retailer, and so much more!
In recent years, debate over the role and future of the federal Renewable Fuel Standard has captured national attention, including the attention of Congress and the White House. Considering Iowa leads the nation in biofuels production, the tour provided policy makers the opportunity to see how their actions in D.C. impact producers, farmers, and consumers around the country and to discuss important issues facing the renewable fuels industry.
Tour participants represented the offices of Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15), Rep. Tom Emmer (MN-06), Rep. Steve King (IA-04), Rep. Ron Estes (KS-04), Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02), Rep. Steve Watkins (KS-02), Rep. Dave Loebsack (IA-02), Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13), Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03), Rep. Jimmy Gomez (CA-34), Rep. Matt Cartwright (PA-08), Rep. Gwen Moore (WI-04), Rep. Abby Finkenauer (IA-01), Rep. Susan Wild (PA-07), Rep. Marc Veasey (TX-33), Sen. Pat Roberts (KS), Sen. Chuck Grassley (IA), Sen. Deb Fischer (NE), Sen. Tom Cotton (AR), House Committee on Agriculture, House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Senate Agriculture Committee, Senate Finance Committee, Argonne National Laboratory, U.S. International Trade Commission, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Environmental Protection Agency, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and U.S. Department of Agriculture.