Trips and Trump

FROM THE JULY ISSUE: Editor Lisa Gibson previews the magazine, including feature articles about Nebraska's importance to the ethanol industry, a review of the 2019 Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo, and more.
By Lisa Gibson | August 01, 2019

My first trip to Nebraska was shortly after I started this job at Ethanol Producer Magazine. I headed to Omaha for an ethanol industry event, ready to cram my head full of information. Being completely new to this industry, I was eager to learn. I still am.

Omaha is a beautiful, diverse and active city, and I enjoyed my time there, particularly a walk across the Bob Kerrey pedestrian bridge. In just two years in this industry, I’ve been back again for an International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo, in 2018. Nebraska is a hotspot for ethanol events, being the second-largest ethanol-producing state in the country.

As such, it takes the focus of our cover feature in this August issue. Nebraska has a trifecta of ag, ethanol and cattle industries playing well together and positively impacting economics in the state. A top legislative champion for the nation’s ethanol industry comes from Nebraska, and the state has an EPA-approved pilot program to test E30 in its state fleet. Find out more on page 22.

The other feature in this magazine is a recap of the 2019 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo. Held in Indianapolis, the event attracted 2,000 attendees and 300 exhibitors. It lined up with President Donald Trump’s June 11 visit to Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy in Council Bluffs, changing plans a bit and shifting the keynote address by Geoff Cooper, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, from an on-site appearance to a remote one, from inside the office of the chief financial officer at SIRE. During Trump’s speech, a crowd gathered around a TV on the trade show floor, listening as the president touted ethanol’s benefits and celebrated the E15 Reid vapor pressure waiver. It was big news, and I enjoyed talking with some plant managers at FEW about its significance. Turn to page 28 to see photos of the show, from start to finish.

One of the best parts of this job is the travel. Sure, it’s been mostly Midwest states, but I’m always on the lookout for an opportunity to venture farther, perhaps to a continent or country I’ve always wanted to visit. Barring any sudden, burgeoning ethanol market springing up in Antarctica, I’ve got my eye on Brazil.

Author: Lisa Gibson