U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Secretary Stephen Censky will join a roster of top-notch speakers from around the world at the Global Ethanol Summit (GES) in Washington, D.C., scheduled for Oct. 14-15. Censky’s comments will focus on delivering on U.S. ethanol’s potential through collaboration and trade.
“We are very pleased Deputy Secretary Censky has agreed to be with us during this important event,” said Ryan LeGrand, U.S. Grains Council (USGC) president and chief executive officer. “We are encouraged that ethanol means as much to the Administration as it does to us and to American corn farmers dedicated to making our country and many others around the world environmentally safer for generations to come.”
The Summit, sponsored jointly by the Council, Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), will include more than 300 ministerial-level officials and senior-level industry leaders, ethanol producers and refiners from more than 60 countries. Additional funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Trade Promotion (ATP) program and other sponsors support the expanded focus of this worldwide summit, which follows two prior regional summits.
With informative general sessions, networking and dedicated business-to-business meetings, the Global Ethanol Summit will provide attendees direct access to thought leaders on the future of global ethanol use and the opportunity to build partnerships with industry leaders.
First-day conference highlights will include discussions about ethanol trade policy, global fuel decarbonization and the environmental, air quality and human health implications of ethanol, as well as opportunities for ethanol expansion in the bio-economy and for industrial uses.
The second day of the meeting will focus on delivering on ethanol’s potential through collaboration, trade and global use. Sessions include discussions about octane economics, vehicle compatibility with ethanol, ethanol handling and the logistics of ethanol use.
The meeting will end by looking at future opportunities for ethanol, including the outlook for developing and cultivating new markets around the world.
The Global Ethanol Summit will also feature a U.S. sales component that builds on current ethanol trade. Following the summit, the Council and its members have organized specialized tours of U.S. ethanol production facilities and terminals for international attendees.
About the U.S. Grains Council
The U.S. Grains Council develops export markets for U.S. barley, corn, sorghum and related products including distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and ethanol. With full-time presence in 13 key markets and representatives in an additional 15 locations, the Council operates programs in more than 50 countries and the European Union. The Council believes exports are vital to global economic development and to U.S. agriculture’s profitability. Detailed information about the Council and its programs is online at www.grains.org.