Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Continues to Grow

IRFA elects officers for 2008, as the state's biodiesel and ethanol producer association gets ready for legislative session.

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association on December 21 announced its new 2008 board of directors, officers and executive committee. They were elected during its annual meeting on Dec. 6, 2007. Each producer member has a seat on the board and votes on officers. New officers will serve a one year term during the 2008 calendar year.

New officers elected for the 2008 IRFA board of directors are: president--Bill Couser of Lincolnway Energy at Nevada; vice president - Denny Mauser of Western Iowa Energy at Wall Lake; secretary-- Nile Ramsbottom of REG Inc. at Ames; treasurer--Mike Jerke of Quad County Corn Processors at Galva; and
executive director Monte Shaw of Des Moines.

The IRFA executive committee is comprised of the IRFA officers and other members as elected by the board. Elected to join the IRFA officers on the executive committee for 2008 are: past president--Walt Wendland of Golden Grain Energy at Mason City and at-large representative Bruce Rastetter of Hawkeye Renewables at Ames.

Iowa has 28 ethanol plants now operating

"IRFA is looking forward to an exciting 2008," says executive director Monte Shaw. "The next 12 months are full of opportunity, but very real challenges at the same time. The Board is excited to have Bill Couser at the helm as we enter 2008 and they are grateful for the leadership Walt Wendland provided this year."

Iowa is the leader in renewable fuels production, notes Shaw. Iowa has 28 ethanol plants with the capacity to produce 2 billion gallons annually. There are 18 ethanol refineries under construction or expansion that will add nearly 1.6 billion gallons of annual capacity. In addition, Iowa has 16 biodiesel plants with a combined annual capacity of over 350 million gallons either in operation or under construction. Many additional renewable fuels projects are under development.

The IRFA was formed in 2002 to represent the state's ethanol and biodiesel producers. The trade group fosters development and growth of the renewable fuels industry in Iowa through education, promotion, legislation and infrastructure development. For information, visit

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