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5th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit

January 25, 2011

Polk County Convention Complex, 5th & Grand Avenue, Des Moines

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.



Welcome –Walter Wendland, President, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association


Industry OverviewMonte Shaw, Executive Director, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association



Growing Iowa’s BioEconomyGovernor Terry Branstad




Iowa Biodiesel Resurgence Panel

Key Iowa biodiesel leaders detailed biodiesel’s 2011 resurgence and its impact on local communities and Iowa’s economy

Moderator: Dennis Mauser, Western Iowa Energy

  • Tom Brooks, Western Dubuque Biodiesel 
  • Jon Scharingson, Renewable Energy Group®



National Landscape for Ethanol Blends – Robert Dinneen, Renewable Fuels Association



Newt Gingrich, Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives




IRFA High School Video Contest Winners Announced


1st Place:

Treynor High School students Spencer Hawk, Alex Severn, Garrett Gibson and Conrad Sain won the $2,000 grand prize for their video entitled “Fuel of the Future.” Click Here for Video


2nd Place:

Linn-Mar High School student Sam Fathallah from Marion won the $1000 second place prize for his video called “What is Biodiesel?” Click Here for Video


3rd Place:

Roland-Story High School students Andrew Smith and Kendall Gustafson, both from Story City, won the $600 third place prize for their video entitled “Bio Fuel.”  Click Here for Video



4th Place:

South Hamilton High School student Marcus Hemphill of Jewell earned the $400 fourth place prize for his video called “The Biofuel Network.”  Click Here for Video



Advanced Biofuels Panel – A Turning Point for Renewable Energy

A panel of cutting-edge industries shared their innovative approach for bringing the next generation of biofuels to commercial reality.

Moderator: Dick Gallagher, Iowa Corn Promotion Board


  • Gary Haer, Renewable Energy Group® & Chairman of the National Biodiesel Board


  • Kyle Althoff, DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol LLC


  • Don Frazer, SynGest, Inc.



KEYNOTE SPEAKER – E15 Drives NASCAR Rusty Wallace



Renewable Fuels: The Future is Now – Paul Argyropoulos, Office of Transportation & Air Quality, U.S. EPA



E15: Bringing More Fuel Choices to Iowa  

A panel of retailers and fuel distributors will outline the challenges and opportunities in bringing E15 to Iowa motorists

Moderator: Bernie Punt, Siouxland Energy & Livestock


  • Kevin DeGoey, New Century FS



  • Eldon Meyers, K and H Energy


  • Rod Beazley, Ricardo Inc.



Rick Santorum, Former U.S. Senator


2011 Summit Exhibitors 






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