Ethanol Industry Stands up for Farmers

Cindy Zimmerman

ICMThe ethanol industry is mad and they’re not going to take it anymore.

That’s how BBI International president Mike Bryan summed up his feelings about the attacks on ethanol during the opening general session of the 2008 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop on Tuesday in Nashville.

“What bothers me most is the abuse that agriculture is taking,” Bryan said. “We cannot allow that to stand. We can take the heat in the ethanol industry, but by God, we should not stand by and let agriculture be vilified for finally being able to make a living like everyone else on Main Street.”

Bryan and his wife Kathy started the Fuel Ethanol Workshop 24 years ago and have been pioneers in the ethanol industry on a global scale. Kathy is missing the conference this year for the very first time as she is battling cancer, but she was keeping track of the proceedings from home and Renewable Fuels Association president Bob Dinneen led the crowd this morning in a special greeting to Kathy with best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Listen to Mike Bryan’s opening address to the 2008 FEW here:

Listen to an interview with Mike here:

2008 Fuel Ethanol Workshop Photo Album

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