This past week nearly 150 Growth Energy members and staff met in Washington, D.C., to participate in our annual Biofuels Summit. Over four days, attendees heard from industry experts who took a deep dive on the state of biofuels today and gained key insights from some exciting guest speakers.

Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor opened the Summit by speaking about the general state of the biofuels industry and some of the advances we have made thus far. She outlined our mentality for the fight ahead and how we have grown from a burgeoning industry to a stalwart defender of rural America, among much much more.

The rest of the general session was filled with informational sessions and guest speakers to prepare our members for their Hill visits on Wednesday and Thursday. Here are some photos from our general session where attendees heard from speakers like USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue, Senator Heidi Heitkamp, and electoral expert David Wasserman:

In addition to being able to hear from some very exciting speakers and panels, our members flocked to the halls of Congress to present awards to our biofuels champions and to meet with hundreds of lawmakers to tell the story of our industry. Speaking about the relief that our farmers and producers deserve and some of the common sense reforms that could be made to do so, our members made sure that our voice was heard by allies and opponents of biofuels alike:

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