The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) honored media excellence and grassroots advocacy during its 32nd annual conference last month in Omaha.
The ACE Grassroots Award is given to individuals who often perform “behind the scenes” to advance the cause of ethanol. Mike Finarty received this year’s award for promoting ethanol around the country via the Biofuels Mobile Education Center, funded by the Iowa Corn Promotion Board and ACE producer members Absolute Energy, Big River Resources, Golden Grain Energy and Homeland Energy Solutions. The trailer serves as an advocacy tool for the industry at events to educate people wanting to know more about biofuels.
The rural television network RFD-TV was also recognized as the recipient of the Media Excellence Award. RFD-TV founder Patrick Gottsch accepted the award on behalf of the television network’s coverage of the news and issues important to the U.S. ethanol industry.
RFD-TV is a pay television channel launched in December 2000 that features programming devoted to rural issues, concerns and interests. The corporate & national sales office is based in Omaha, Nebraska.