Panels to Explore the Future of Biodiesel and Biofuels Policy at Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit

JOHNSTON, IOWA – New federal and state policies are reshaping the biofuels landscape and creating new market opportunities for ethanol and biodiesel. Leading experts will share their thoughts on the future at the 2023 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit.

A federal and state policy panel will delve into the policies and regulations driving innovation and change throughout the biofuels industry. Panelists include:

  • Jake Swanson, President, High Yield Strategies and former policy advisor to Gov. Kim Reynolds
  • Brain Werner, Executive Director, Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association
  • Geoff Cooper, President and CEO, Renewable Fuels Association
  • Kurt Kovarik, Vice President for Federal Affairs, Clean Fuels Alliance America
  • Moderator: Monte Shaw, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association

Another panel, Crystal Ball: The Future of Biodiesel, will peer into emerging market opportunities as a wide spectrum of industries work to lower costs and carbon emissions. Speakers include:

  • Scott Fenwick, Technical Director, Clean Fuels Alliance America
  • Matt Herman, Senior Director of Renewable Products Marketing, Iowa Soybean Association
  • Moderator: Tom Brooks, General Manager, Western Dubuque Biodiesel

The 2023 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit will take place at the Community Choice Convention Center on February 7, 2023. The Summit is free to attend and open to the public, but registration is required. To register or 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 410 million gallons annually. For more information, visit the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association website at: