The 2019 Biofuels Summit arrived at a critical moment this year, with rural America facing the worst downturn in farm income in a generation and ethanol plants closing or idling across the country. These dynamics meant that last week was the perfect time for our members and staff to rally together in the nation’s capital for the annual Growth Energy Biofuels Summit to confront these issues head on and advocate for the importance of a robust biofuels industry with lawmakers.
Over several days, attendees heard from industry experts and guest speakers on the state of the ethanol industry, which helped prepare them for meetings with legislators and their staffs.
Thank you to all of our members who were able to join us in Washington, D.C. last week! Your hard work and support were critical in bringing our story to elected officials. Continue reading below to learn more about our incredible week in Washington.
Telling Our Story
The general session of this year’s summit helped prepare attendees for their visits on the Hill, and allowed them to hear the latest from industry experts on SREs, E15 retail expansion, and trade — all areas that greatly influence the current economic landscape in rural America. Read our blogs recapping some of the top general session panels:
Attendees also had the opportunity to listen to guest speakers U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-17-IL).
After the general session concluded, our members carried their stories to Capitol Hill with a strong sense of purpose and met with legislators to discuss addressing the devastating impact of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) abuse of small refinery exemptions, increasing biofuel blending through the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) reset, opening international markets for free and equitable trade, and other critical policy issues.
Thanking Our Champions
Meeting with congressional offices on key policy issues is the primary goal of the Biofuels Summit, but so is thanking our congressional biofuels champions for everything they do to support our industry. As members visited the Hill, they presented Fueling Growth Awards to those elected officials from across the country who have championed the RFS and homegrown biofuels to support ethanol producers and farm families.
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Pictured above from left to right: Green Plains Inc. Head of International Ethanol Trading Brandon Thomas., U.S. Ambassador to Ghana Stephanie Sullivan, Growth Energy Senior Vice President of Global Markets Craig Willis, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Stephen Censky, and Ag Counselor for the U.S. Embassy Charles Rush. WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, Growth Energy […]