OMAHA, Neb. — Ethanol and biofuels experts from across the nation will be in Omaha for the annual Ethanol: Emerging Issues Forum April 12-13 at the La Vista Conference Center. Gov. Pete Ricketts will open the event issuing the welcome to attendees.
Collaborators arrange the two-day forum, which is in its 13th year, for ethanol producers and others integrally involved in production, technology, policymaking and marketing of ethanol and its co-products. The forum runs from noon to 5:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon Friday.
Topics and representatives include an overview of industry horizons and ethanol opportunities, with a presentation by Robert White of Renewable Fuels Association; bio-based products and projects reviewed by Tim Aydt of Prairie Catalytic; and an update on trade policy and the impact on ethanol and distillers grains exports by Mike Dwyer of the U.S. Grains Council.
The forum will also provide insight on RINs (Renewable Identification Numbers) and the impact on obligated parties, as presented by Roger Read of Wells Fargo. Read is a senior equity research analyst at Wells Fargo Securities, covering the integrated oil and independent refining industries.
Other scheduled presentations include marketing experiences with E15 and higher blends, as well as discussing octane and meeting vehicle performance standards. Experts will also emphasize how biofuels help improve public health.
More than 130 ethanol industry leaders are expected to attend. Online registration and a detailed agenda are available at www.ethanol.nebraska.gov. Registration is open until 5 p.m. April 11. Scholarships also are available to college and university students and can be accessed online.
The Ethanol 2018: Emerging Issues Forum is presented by the Nebraska Ethanol Board, Clean Fuels Development Coalition, American Coalition for Ethanol and the Nebraska Ethanol Industry Coalition.
Established in 1971, the Ethanol Board assists ethanol producers with programs and strategies for marketing ethanol and related co-products. The Board supports organizations and policies that advocate the increased use of ethanol fuels – and administers public information, education and ethanol research projects. The Board also assists companies and organizations in the development of ethanol production facilities in Nebraska. For more information, please visit www.ethanol.nebraska.gov.