The 10th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit took place January 19 in Altoona, Iowa with record crowds. The day was kicked off by USDA Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack. Other notable speakers included Joe Jobe, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) who gave the keynote as well as Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds. Of note, during an TV interview following his remarks, Branstad said, “We must defeat Cruz.”
With less than two weeks until Iowans caucus, several Republican presidential candidates took the stage including Senator Rick Santorum (his third appearance at the Summit), Governor Mike Huckabee, Carly Fiorina and “The Donald” Donald Trump. Bus loads of people arrived at the Prairie Meadows Conference Center to listen to Trump’s views on biofuels who concurred with the Governor’s statement.
Also during the event, Iowa Representative Steve King, Representative Dave Loebsack and Representative David Young, discussed the letter submitted to the EPA calling for calling for an increase in volumes in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Movement on the legislation regarding the RFS rules is expected by the EPA this June.
Branstad, Reynolds and Naig Q & A session: Governor Q&A Session