Omaha, Neb. — In her keynote address kicking off the 34th Annual International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW), Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor emphasized how the biofuels industry emerged victorious from a tumultuous 2017, ready to move the industry forward through what is shaping up be another year of attacks.

“How and why we overcame challenges in 2017 is worth revisiting because the battles ahead are tougher and higher-stakes, and we need to remind ourselves that we have what it takes to win,” Skor said.

“…the road ahead is still littered with roadblocks and obstacles that could take us off course if we don’t stick together as a united force for the biofuels industry, the farm economy, and American consumers. Our critics are more active than ever – not because we are weak, but because we are strong.”

This year’s FEW is being held at the CenturyLink Center Omaha in Omaha, Neb., June 11-13. The FEW provides the ethanol industry with cutting-edge content and unparalleled networking opportunities in a dynamic business-to-business environment. As the largest, longest-running ethanol conference in the world, FEW is renowned for its superb programming — powered by Ethanol Producer Magazine – that maintains a strong focus on commercial-scale ethanol production, new technology, and near-term research and development.

Also during FEW 2018, Growth Energy staff will speak on panels ranging in topics from analyzing the political climate around renewable fuels to market barriers and penetration. See the list below for event times and topics, as well as which Growth Energy staff will be presenting. For more information, see the full FEW agenda.

  • Vice President of Government Affairs, John Fuher – “Surveying the Health of Renewable Fuels Policy Under the Trump Administration” – Tuesday, June 12; 10 a.m. CDT
  • President, Agriculture and Biofuel Policy Consulting, Jim Miller – “Where and How Ethanol is Gaining a Foothold in Foreign Markets” – Tuesday, June 12; 1:30 p.m. CDT
  • Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Chris Bliley – “The Work Underway to Leverage Fuel Quality Requirements for Greater Benefit for Ethanol Producers” – Tuesday, June 12; 3:30 p.m. CDT
  • Vice Presidents of Government and Regulatory Affairs, John Fuher & Chris Bliley – “Beyond the Blend Wall: Examining the Industry’s Leading Strategies to Push Toward Higher Ethanol Inclusion Rates” – Wednesday, June 13; 1:30 p.m.

Growth Energy hopes these talks will demonstrate how we continue to lead the biofuel industry in policy and market innovations. As a vibrant association, our participation in this conference will allow attendees greater insights into how to improve their own businesses and best defend the RFS.

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