The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) recently hosted the 12th Annual Biofuels: Science and Sustainability Tour,
which brings Washington, D.C. staffers to Iowa for an up-close, hands-on look at biofuels and modern agriculture. This year’s tour took nearly 30 participants on an engaging biofuels journey, visiting an ethanol plant, biodiesel plant, family farm, an Iowa fuel retailer, and so much more! As debate continues on a national level about the future of American transportation, the tour provided staffers the opportunity to see how their actions in D.C. impact producers, farmers, and consumers.
The tour included stops at REG’s biodiesel plant, Lincolnway Energy, Verbio RNG Plant, the Couser Cattle Company, Iowa State University, Eagle’s Catch (aquaculture facility), Grant Kimberly's Family Farm, Kwik Star, Corteva Agriscience and John Deere. Participants saw how biodiesel is made, how diesel engines are manufactured, and how biodiesel is marketed to consumers.
Monte Shaw, IRFA Executive Director, wrapped up the tour with a presentation highlighting the major themes from the week and key takeaways. He emphasized that biofuels are a low-carbon, low-cost solution today and for the future.
The National Biodiesel Foundation is proud to partner with our colleagues to promote the numerous environmental and economic benefits of biodiesel.