The Illinois Corn Growers Association was instrumental in fostering development of the Center in 2003 and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) has worked closely with NCERC since its inception and continues partnering on various projects.
NCERC Executive Director John Caupert says they are committed to assisting in finding new homes, for new bushels of corn, with new market opportunities. “NCERC was an early leader in transforming corn into dozens of renewable compounds, including biofuels, biochemicals, biomaterials and bioproducts,” said Caupert. “The NCERC has directly contributed to the growth of the ethanol industry, helping grow ethanol production in the United States from 2.8 billion gallons annually to the nearly 16 billion gallons of production today,”
Caupert adds that NCERC has assisted in advancements in fuel ethanol production, moving more than 65 products and technologies into the commercial marketplace that are now being utilized in every commercial corn ethanol plant operating today. The center received the ethanol industry Award of Excellence at the 2015 Fuel Ethanol Workshop.