USDA Chief Economist and Midwest Economic Expert to Share Outlook at Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit

Contact: Cassidy Walter

JOHNSTON, IOWA – The 2022 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit will dive into the economic outlook for ag and biofuels by looking not only at what is happening on a national scale but also at trends in Midwest communities.

USDA Chief Economist Seth Meyer will tackle the macroeconomic trends. Meyer, an Iowa native worked for both the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization and the University of Missouri’s Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) prior to being named chief economist in 2020.

Ernie Goss, the Jack MacAllister Chair in Economics at Creighton University, will provide a glimpse into what is happening at the community level across rural America. Goss is also the editor of the newsletter Economic Trends, produces a monthly business conditions index for the nine-state Mid-American region, and conducts a survey of bank CEOs in 10 U.S. states. The index and survey results are regularly cited by hundreds of newspaper and radio stations across the country.

“With this duo of economic experts, Summit attendees will get a well-rounded look at what is on the horizon for ag and biofuels markets,” said Lisa Coffelt, IRFA marketing director. “By looking at national and Midwest community trends they can go deeper and help attendees understand the various factors shaping our economic future.”

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit is taking place on January 25 at the Community Choice Convention Center at the Iowa Events Center. Attendance is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register to attend and learn more, 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 410 million gallons annually. For more information, visit the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association website at: