RFA: One Year Later: President Trump’s Visit to an Iowa Ethanol Plant Conference Call Audio Available Now!
On June 11, 2019, President Trump visited Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to celebrate regulatory changes that would finally allow year-round E15 sales. At the event—which included governors, senators, representatives and cabinet members—the President also heard from farmers and ethanol industry leaders about the devastating impact of RFS compliance exemptions being granted to small refineries. In a conference call, on June 11th, 2020, for news media, industry leaders who were part of last year’s event they discussed what has happened in the year since this event, including:
An increase in sales of the E15 blend starting in 2019
The continuing demand destruction from small refinery waivers despite successful court challenges
Other political attacks against the Renewable Fuel Standard
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the ethanol industry
Geoff Cooper, President and CEO, Renewable Fuels Association
Mike Jerke, CEO of Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy
Kevin Ross, Iowa Farmer and President, National Corn Growers Association
Scott Richman, Chief Economist, Renewable Fuels Association
Brian 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.