Syngenta, FFA collaborate on fundraising at Iowa Speedway event

By Syngenta | July 07, 2014

MINNETONKA, MINN., Syngenta and lowa FFA chapters will be joining forces to increase awareness of the benefits of American ethanol and to raise money to support flex fuel availability – and the FFA – at the American Ethanol 200 presented by Enogen, on July 11 and 12. Money raised by FFA members at the Iowa Speedway over that weekend will be matched by Syngenta. This is the second consecutive year that Enogen has sponsored the American Ethanol 200.

“Renewable fuels are an essential part of the American energy equation, benefitting consumers, farmers and American energy independence,” said David Witherspoon, head of Renewable Fuels at Syngenta. “Ethanol, whether from corn or other biomass sources, is an energy source for today and tomorrow driving economic growth and innovation.

“For more than 45 years, Syngenta has demonstrated its commitment to the future of agriculture through its partnership with the National FFA Organization. We are proud to be partnering with local FFA chapters in Iowa to tell the ethanol story – and to raise money to make flex fuels more widely available by investing in flex fuel pump infrastructure,” Witherspoon added.

According to Growth Energy, there are more than 16 million flex fuel vehicles on America’s highways today. There are also more than 2,800 E85 fueling stations across the country, with 450 having flex fuel pumps offering mid-level ethanol blends, and more than 80 locations in 14 states that offer E15. Investments in flex fuel pump infrastructure are needed to support continued growth and help to expand the market for American ethanol.

Enogen trait technology from Syngenta is the industry’s only corn output trait bioengineered specifically to enhance ethanol production. Enogen corn adds value for ethanol plants, corn growers and rural communities.

Contributing to both food and fuel production, ethanol is making a significant contribution to the U.S. economy, helping to drive down gasoline prices for consumers and reduce carbon emissions for a cleaner environment.