By Susanne Retka Schill | June 10, 2011

The July issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine is the biggest of the year. Being delivered to the biggest ethanol industry event of the year, the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo, it is an attractive vehicle for advertisers. Also inserted this month is the first issue of Distillers Grain Production & Markets—a revival of the old Distillers Grains Quarterly, this time as a twice-yearly supplement.

It’s a huge effort for a small staff to produce the big summer issues, but we get a lot of satisfaction from the results. It’s great to be able to present features and contributions on a range of subjects written by both our staff and the great contributing writers who frequent our pages. We tease each other about having become ethanol nerds. Who else would get excited about benchmarking data or the latest, cogent analysis of ethanol policy, both domestic and international? When I tell friends and family about my job, I generally say that I know more about ethanol than anybody else wants to hear—unless you know something about ethanol, in which case I know little, and can’t come close to meeting your need for information. Thus, having a month with many stories from and about many ethanol experts feels downright good.

Our cover feature comes from my trip to Indiana earlier this year for the grand re-opening of the ethanol plant at Cloverdale. We’re pleased that many of you who are able to attend the tour at the end of FEW will get a chance to visit the plant and see for yourself the retrofitted plant. We thank Poet for agreeing to host the tour. In addition to the features written by the EPM staff (as noted by their pictures below), we have a report from Erin Voegele, an associate editor for our sister magazine, Biorefining Magazine, about a power-packed panel at the International Biomass Conference & Expo held early in May. A freelance writer’s report on the Russia ethanol industry’s potential rounds out the line-up.

We all know that those reading this at the FEW will find precious little time to actually sit down and read—there are far too many people to see and booths to visit at the expo. Tuck it into the top level to read on the trip home. We hope you will find it interesting, educational and, occasionally, even thought provoking.