(Posted Fri. Jun 14th, 2013)
June 14: This week, the National Corn Growers Association brought the corn farmers perspective to leaders and innovators in the ethanol and related industries as they met in St. Louis for the 29th Annual International Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo, the largest ethanol conference currently in the world. For four days, attendees participated in a variety of sessions on topics ranging from regulatory compliance, improving nutritional quality in distillers’ dried grains and technological innovations. In addition to these panel-led sessions, the conference also offered industry tours and the opportunity to speak with vendors about new products.
Yesterday, a select group of industry members came together at the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center on Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville’s campus to learn more about new technology in fuel and feedstocks. During this event, NCGA Director of Biofuels Dr. Pam Keck, Director of Biofuels spoke on the role of corn as a feedstock for ethanol production. She was joined in this discussion by John Duff of the Sorghum Checkoff and Bob Randle of Genera Energy, a feedstock supplier to the cellulosic ethanol industry. Each presenter focused on the most recent developments in their respective areas and outlined how their organizations promote use of their respective feedstocks for ethanol production.
“The FEW conference provided both an excellent opportunity to see how a wide variety of ethanol industry stakeholders view important issues and look to move forward both technically and strategically,” said Keck. “Ethanol has provided a robust, dynamic market for corn. At the same time, corn provides a feedstock that has allowed the ethanol industry to grow and has fueled innovation. Thus, it is important that farmers work hand-in-hand with their ethanol industry partners to build upon past successes and build a more environmentally-friendly, energy independent future for America through renewable fuels.”
In addition to this informative panel, the session included a tour of the NCERC facilities. Attendees saw the testing facilities available for rent, including a pilot plant and analytical and fermentation labs.
To learn more about the Fuel Ethanol Workshop click here.