Iowa to Showcase Ethanol Pride During Straw Poll Week

Cindy Zimmerman

Fueled with PrideAs the media heads to Iowa next week for the August 13 Straw Poll in Ames, they will have the opportunity to learn more about the importance of ethanol to the state and the nation.

Iowans Fueled with Pride is hosting a series of events during the week to provide the media with opportunities for first-hand interaction with leaders in Iowa’s agriculture and renewable fuels industries. As two of the most innovative sectors of the economy, renewable fuels and crop production have experienced great advances during the last four years. The “hands on” events will provide media with up-to-the-minute information on the efficiency, productivity and energy security benefits of renewable fuels.

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) are sponsoring the events, which will begin on Tuesday, August 9, with an Iowa farm family tour. On Wednesday, Dahl’s Foods in Des Moines will host a ride and drive event to allow the media to test drive the latest flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs) and biodiesel vehicles. On Thursday, the Iowans Fueled with Pride Straw Poll site will be set up near the media parking lot at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, offering the chance to meet with Iowa’s ethanol and biodiesel industry leaders and a mobile education trailer.

The premier event of the week will be on Friday, starting with an ethanol plant and livestock farm tour, followed by a visit to Iowa State University’s BioCentury Research Farm, and culminating with a media availability by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad at the Iowans Fueled with Pride Straw Poll site. All day Saturday, visitors and media are invited to stop by the site to tour the mobile education trailer and learn the latest facts on the production and use of renewable fuels.

Find out more on the Iowans Fueled with Pride website.

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