2024 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit Recap

The 2024 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit was held on January 11th at the Prairie Meadows Event Center in Altoona.

This year’s event aimed to “Chart Our Course” for the future of biofuels.

IRFA President Brad Wilson with Opening Remarks

State of the Iowa Industry Address

IRFA Executive Director Monte Shaw delivered his annual “State of the Iowa Industry” address, focusing on the Summit theme in helping farm and biofuels leaders chart a successful course forward.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds Addresses the Summit

Governor Reynolds shared the success of Iowa biofuels and stressed just how much Iowa-made ethanol and biodiesel play a critical part in America’s energy independence and delivering lower costs for Americans.


Presidential Candidate Ron DeSantis

DeSantis expressed support for an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy.


Industry Keynote Was Provided by Growth Energy’s Emily Skor

Skor outlined the biofuel sector’s policy agenda for the new year, like the RFS and carbon capture and sequestration. 


Presidential Candidate Nikki Haley

Haley made remarks on turning biofuels into an economic powerhouse.


Conflicts in the Middle East was Discussed by Dr. Max Abrahms

Abrahms, an expert on terrorism and national security, discussed how conflicts in the Middle East impact regional stability, world energy markets and U.S. security. 


U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack was Awarded the Lifetime Champion of Renewable Fuels award

Sec. Vilsack was honored for his many years of support throughout his career. He also announced the USDA to award an additional $19 million for biofuels infrastructure projects across 22 states.


Decision Innovation Study’s David Miller with Findings from Sustainable Aviation Fuel Study

The study found that sustainable aviation fuel production would provide a substantial opportunity for Midwestern states, Midwestern farmers, and Midwestern renewable fuels producers to prosper in the coming years. But, this potential cannot be fully realized without carbon capture and sequestration. 

Presidential Candidate Asa Hutchinson

Hutchinson promoted year-round E15, promising to sign an executive order, as president, to elimate current barriers.

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