USDA Deputy Secretary Addresses Iowa Biofuels Summit

Cindy Zimmerman

USDA Deputy Secretary Steve Censky had the pleasure of announcing the Senate passage of USMCA to the crowd at the 2020 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit Thursday in Altoona, Iowa. “Just about 20 minutes ago, I’m proud to say that the Senate finally passed the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement on a vote of 89 to 10,” said Censky as the crowd …

Audio, Biodiesel, corn, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Exports, Iowa RFA, Trade, USDA

RFA CEO Offers Outlook for Ethanol’s Future at Iowa Summit

Cindy Zimmerman

As the keynote speaker at the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit Thursday, Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper said “2019 sucked” but the industry is focusing forward now into the “Roaring ’20s.” Cooper offered four predictions for the new decade. 1. The battle over the Renewable Fuel Standard will continue and intensify 2. The use of low carbon fuel …

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Iowa Pink at the Pump® Campaign Raises $20K

Cindy Zimmerman

Iowa fuel retailers and drivers raised over $20,000 for breast cancer research and support services during the 4th annual Pink at the Pump® campaign, co-sponsored by the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) and Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPM). Seventy-four retail stations donated three cents of every gallon of Unleaded 88 (15% ethanol) sold from Oct. 1 through Oct. 31, 2019 …

E15, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Iowa RFA

Cooper to Keynote Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit

Cindy Zimmerman

Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper will present the keynote address at the 2020 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit on January 16th of the new year in Altoona, Iowa. “America’s ethanol producers have a powerful story to tell,” Cooper said. “Whether you’re concerned about jobs and market opportunities in rural communities, clean and sustainable fuel choices in urban cities, …

Biodiesel, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Iowa RFA, RFA

Iowa Governor Moves State Vehicles to B20

Cindy Zimmerman

During an appearance at the Iowa Farm Bureau annual meeting in Des Moines Tuesday, Governor Kim Reynolds signed an executive order requiring that all new state vehicles with diesel engines must be approved to run on B20 biodiesel (a blend of 20% biodiesel and 80% petroleum-based diesel) or more “Biodiesel is a growing and vital industry in Iowa, and I …

Biodiesel, Iowa RFA

Registration Open for 2020 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit

Cindy Zimmerman

The 2020 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit will take place at the Prairie Meadows Conference Center in Altoona, Iowa on January 16, 2020, just days before the Iowa Presidential Caucuses. Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) President and CEO Geoff Cooper will keynote the annual event gathering biofuels industry representatives together in the Midwest with the theme Empower, Promote, and Advocate. In the …

Biodiesel, biofuels, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Iowa RFA

No More Iowa Nice

Cindy Zimmerman

No more Mr. Iowa Nice Guy. That was a message delivered during a press conference with representatives of Iowa’s corn, ethanol, biodiesel and soybean producers in response to the Supplemental Proposal for Renewable Fuels Volumes released Tuesday by EPA. Iowa Corn Growers Association CEO Craig Floss quoted one farmer who is outraged over the proposal. “No more Iowa Nice, now …

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Pink at the Pump® Campaign Kicks Off in Iowa

Cindy Zimmerman

Over 70 Iowa retailers are kicking off the 4th Annual Pink at the Pump® Campaign today to donate 3¢ of every gallon of Unleaded 88 sold during the month of October to National Breast Cancer Foundation and The Hormel Institute. Pink at the Pump® is a joint effort between the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association and Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB). …

E15, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Iowa RFA

Quad County to Establish Monarch Fueling Station

Cindy Zimmerman

Quad County Corn Processors is the latest Iowa biofuels plant to start working with Iowa Renewable Fuels Association to establish a Monarch Fueling Station. The monarch habitat will span roughly one acre. Today the land is used as a small corn field, but the plant will begin converting it to habitat after harvest with a mid-November seeding. “We see the …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Iowa RFA, pollinators

Mexican Fuel Marketers Learn From Iowa Ethanol Tour

Cindy Zimmerman

Mexican fuel marketers who took part in an ethanol industry tour last week in Iowa are excited about incorporating what they learned to offer ethanol blends in their businesses back home. The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) and Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) organized the tour in conjunction with the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) to show nine decision-makers from key …

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