USDA Chief Economist and Senator Daschle Join Biofuels Leaders at Summit to Discuss Policy and Markets

Contact: Cassidy Walter

JOHNSTON, IOWA – USDA Chief Economist Seth Meyer and Former U.S. Senator Tom Daschle are joining several biofuel leaders for two roundtables at the Virtual Iowa Renewable Fuel Summit on January 26. Registration is free and open to the public.

“It’s a new year, new format, and now we have new exciting speakers like Senator Daschle and Chief Economist Meyer to help us make sense of the policy and market environment biofuels producers will be navigating in 2021,” said Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) Executive Director Monte Shaw. “Our roundtable discussions have always been a great opportunity to get a wide swath of perspectives together to tackle the hard questions and I expect this year will be no different.”

The 2021 Summit policy roundtable, New Direction: Biofuels Policy in 2021 and Beyond, will include:

  • Tom Daschle, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader
  • Jon Doggett, CEO, National Corn Growers Association
  • Kurt Kovarik, Vice President for Federal Affairs, National Biodiesel Board
  • Chris Bliley, Senior Vice President for Regulatory Affairs, Growth Energy
  • Moderator: Monte Shaw, IRFA

The Summit will also feature a roundtable discussion on navigating markets since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The New Normal: Markets in a Post-COVID World roundtable will include:

  • Seth Meyer, Chief Economist, USDA
  • Josh Pedrick, American Biofuels Managing Editor, S&P Global Platts
  • Moderator: Devin Mogler, Vice President of Government Affairs, Green Plains, Inc.

To register and learn more about the Summit, please visit

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 42 ethanol refineries capable of producing 4.5 billion gallons annually – including 34 million gallons of annual cellulosic ethanol production capacity – and 11 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce over 400 million gallons annually. For more information, visit the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association website at: