Inside the BARN: A Closer Look at the EPA and USDA ‘Biofuel Waiver Fix’…

An interview with: Dan Sanders, Growth Energy Vice-Chair and Front Range Energy Vice President  along with Kim Reddin, Communications Director at Colorado Corn

The BARN, Briggsdale, CO – October 7, 2019 – On Friday, October 4th, United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler, agreed on a plan to boost renewable fuel production and improve the Renewable Fuels Standard.

 “This forward-looking agreement makes improvements to the RFS program that will better harness the production of our farmers and ensure America remains energy dominant.” – USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue

Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and FarmCast Radio to delve deeper into this recently announced EPA & USDA ‘biofuel waiver fix’ from the ethanol and corn industry side of the situation is Kim Reddin, Communications Director at Colorado Corn and Dan Sanders, Growth Energy Vice Chair & Vice President of Front Range Energy, an ethanol production facility in Windsor, Colorado



Front Range Energy (FRE) is a local Windsor, Colorado owned manufacturer of fuel ethanol and other high value co-products.  Formed in 2004 and starting production in June 2006, Front Range Energy is the leading supplier of fuel ethanol to the Rocky Mountain transportation fuel markets, and a leading supplier of high-quality distillers grains livestock feed to local feeders. Front Range Energy procures grain from local farmers and commercial resellers to manufacturer fuel ethanol, distillers grains, syrup, and C02 products.  Front Range Energy is ideally located in Windsor, CO on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. Within 50 miles of the Denver & Wyoming’s major fuel markets, and in the heart of Weld County’s leading agricultural producing communities, FRE’s location allows us to be a low-cost producer of ethanol and our other valuable co-products to serve the regional markets. FRE is proud to produce a renewable fuel, which displaces foreign sources of energy while enhancing our national security, cleans up tailpipe emissions, creates American and Colorado jobs, and supports our local, regional, and national economies. Dan Sanders is the Vice President of Front Range Energy, an ethanol production facility located in Windsor, Colo. After helping to form Front Range Energy in 2004, Mr. Sanders led the development of the company which started production in mid-2006. He has over 13 years of experience in the ethanol industry and has been active in promoting biofuels through both public relation and educational campaigns in Colorado, and industry advocacy work on Capitol Hill. Mr. Sanders holds a business management degree from Arizona State University, and has served on Growth Energy’s board of directors since 2013. Learn more about Front Range Energy at


Growth Energy is the leading biofuel trade association in the country. We represent producers and supporters of ethanol who are working to bring consumers better choices at the fuel pump, grow America’s economy, and improve the environment for future generations. Learn more online at 


Our organization represents the corn farmers of this fertile and a-maizing state! Colorado has over 4000 corn producers, tirelessly focused on increasing crop yield while reducing environmental impact. It’s a dynamic tension that brings out the very best in Colorado’s future-focused farmers. Colorado Corn is proud to represents these avid corn producers. Our organization is made up of two important bodies – The Administrative Committee and the Corn Growers Association. The Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) was established over thirty years ago to manage a one-penny-per-bushel assessment collected by first handlers of sales of corn in our state. The Corn Growers Association (CCGA) is a member organization founded in 1979 with its dues-paying farmers and ag representatives focusing on policy at the local, state and national levels. It is an association that represents and advocates for the interests of corn growers in Colorado. Colorado Corn Farmers are stewards of the land and we are proud to represent their interests in agricultural and political circles. We also love to let Colorado’s kids and adults – many of whom have never set foot upon a farm – about the wonders of our sustaining and versatile crop. Since Feb 2018, Kim Reddin has proudly served as the Communications Director at Colorado Corn, headquartered in Greeley, Colorado. Prior to that, Reddin worked at the National Onion Association as director of public and industry relations. Learn more about Colorado Corn online @

By Tucker Allmer - The BARN

Tucker Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.

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