Register for 10th annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit

Register for 10th annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit

National Biodiesel Board's Joe Jobe to deliver industry keynote at annual IRFA gathering January 19 at Altoona.

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) has announced that Joe Jobe, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) will deliver the industry keynote address at the 10th annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit on January 19, 2016 in Altoona, Iowa.

BIOFUEL AWARDS: Nominations for the Iowa Renewable Fuels Marketing Awards contest must be submitted by Dec. 31, 2015. Retailers selling ethanol and biodiesel are urged to apply. Nomination forms are on Iowa Department of Agriculture website at www.IowaAgriculture.gov.

"The IRFA is very excited to have National Biodiesel Board's Joe Jobe address our 10th annual summit, and provide his astute perspective on biodiesel's role in national energy policy as a very successful biofuel that reduces greenhouse gas emissions," says Lucy Norton, managing director of IRFA. "With energy policy currently at the forefront of national discussions, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit will be a great place to learn the latest information about the future of renewable fuels."

Iowa renewable fuels conference is free, open to public
The summit is free to attend and open to the public. The 10th annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit will take place at The Meadows Conference Center at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, on the northeast edge of Des Moines, on Tuesday, January 19, 2016. To register to attend or to learn more about the summit, explore exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities at IowaRFA.org/10th-annual-iowa-renewable-fuels-summit/.  

Iowa is the nation's leader in renewable fuels production. Iowa has 12 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce nearly 315 million gallons annually. In addition, Iowa has 43 ethanol refineries capable of producing 3.9 billion gallons annually including nearly 55 million gallons of annual cellulosic ethanol production capacity. The IRFA was formed in 2002 to represent the state's liquid renewable fuels industry. The trade group fosters the development and growth of the renewable fuels industry in Iowa through education, promotion, legislation and infrastructure development. For more information visit the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association at IowaRFA.org.

Nominate someone for renewable fuels marketing awards
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey is encouraging Iowa fuel retailers and gas stations to submit nominations for the secretary's Iowa Renewable Fuels Marketing Awards, which recognize fuel retailers who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to sell renewable fuels. Awards are presented for both the marketing of ethanol and biodiesel.

"Fuel retailers continue to take steps to make ethanol and biodiesel more available to Iowa customers and this award is an opportunity to recognize those who have shown leadership in promoting these renewable fuels and making them more available to customers," says Northey.

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Nominations must be submitted by December 31
Qualifying entities will be those that market the renewable fuels they have available through creative means including but not limited to: hosting special events highlighting their renewable fuels, development of creative signage, initiation of new advertisements or marketing efforts, and efforts that dramatically increase renewable fuel availability.

Nomination forms can be found on the Iowa Department of Ag & Land Stewardship's website at IowaAgriculture.gov. Completed nominations can be submitted via email to [email protected] or by U.S. mail to Henry A. Wallace Building, Attn: Dustin Vande Hoef, 502 East 9th Street, Des Moines IA 50319. Nominations must be submitted by Dec. 31, 2015.

This is the ninth year for the award. Mark McKinley and Galen Barker from Fuel Time in St. Ansgar and Steve Neuendorf from Farmers Win Cooperative in Fredericksburg were the 2015 winners of the awards.

Retailers selling ethanol and biodiesel encouraged to apply

According to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Iowa has 43 ethanol refineries capable of producing more than 3.0 billion gallons annually, including nearly 55 million gallons of annual cellulosic ethanol production capacity. In addition, Iowa has 12 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce nearly 315 million gallons annually.

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program offers cost-share grants for the installation of E85 dispensers, blender pumps, biodiesel dispensers, and biodiesel storage facilities. The grant program is managed by Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship and more information can be found at IowaAgriculture.gov.

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