The Renewable Fuels Association kicked-off their National Ethanol Conference today, looking back at the many battles that the ethanol industry has fought the past year.
RFA President & CEO Geoff Cooper opened the conference with the State of the Industry report. “Our industry made significant strides in 2018 to expand the market for E15 and flex fuels like E85. Thanks to the persistent and vocal advocacy efforts of our industry, our partners in agriculture, and our champions in Congress and the Administration, we got a firm commitment from President Trump in October to eliminate what he called an “unnecessary and ridiculous” regulatory barrier to year-round E15 sales before this summer driving season begins.”
“The U.S. ethanol industry produced a record 16.1 billion gallons of high-octane, clean-burning renewable fuel in 2018, up about 200 million gallons from 2017 and the sixth straight annual increase in production. Meanwhile, you churned out 41.3 million metric tons of co-product animal feed, and a record 4 billion pounds of distillers oil.”
For more information on the National Ethanol Conference and a copy of Cooper’s full remarks, click here.
Click here to watch a video with RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper. Cooper talks about the topics being discussed at NEC this week, outlines RFA’s 2019 priorities and talks about the importance of partnerships with corn farmers and state and national corn organizations.