Ethanol is America’s renewable fuel. It is reliable, clean, homegrown, affordable, and readily available. Besides being a renewable fuel, it has many other positives like reducing greenhouse emissions, decreasing our dependence on foreign oil, creating American jobs and revitalizing our rural communities. 45% of Iowa’s corn is used for ethanol fuel. The transportation market is changing and electric vehicle technology is beginning to replace the ICE in cars. Heavy truck manufacturers are also looking into technologies to reduce carbon emissions including electrification, renewable CNG and hydrogen. What does this mean for the future of ethanol? Join SAE Chicago and our special guests Kelly Nieuwenhuis and Grant Menke of the ICGA as we address the topic.
1) SAE Introduction-10 minutes
2) Iowa Corn Growers Presentation-35 minutes
3) Q&A-15 minutes
About the Speakers
Kelly Nieuwenhuis has been farming for 38 years. His farming includes 2800 acres of row crops that he farms with 2 brothers. Also has a Channel Seed business and part ownership in a 4000 head hog ﬁnishing facility. Kelly currently serves as President of the Iowa Corn Promotion Board. Other involvement includes being a member of the Siouxland Energy Cooperative board, serving on the Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program Board (appointed by Gov. Branstad and Reynolds in 2016/2021), the NCGA ETHAT committee, and USGC Ethanol A-team.
Grant Menke serves as the Director of Market Development for Iowa Corn where he focuses on growing demand for Iowa corn through biofuels, livestock and international trade. Menke comes to Iowa Corn from USDA Rural Development, where he served as the agency’s State Director. Prior to USDA, Menke worked as the Policy Director for Iowa Renewable Fuels Association and held a position on the U.S. Senate Finance Committee staff Senator Chuck Grassley. Menke, a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, was raised on a corn and soybean farm.