Vilscak to keynote National Ethanol Conference

By Erin Voegele | January 18, 2013

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will be the keynote speaker at the 18th Annual National Ethanol Conference of the Renewable Fuels Association in Las Vegas, Nev. Vilsack will address the crowd of over 1,000 attendees at 8 a.m. Pacific on Feb. 7. 

As Secretary Vilsack begins his second term, his strong and highly engaged support for ethanol and other domestic biofuels is unwavering. He is outspoken in his, and President Obama’s, support of the renewable fuel standard (RFS) and in continuing investment in next generation biofuels.  Vilsack has also led the charge to modernize America’s fueling infrastructure through the installation of blender pumps. For years, Vilsack has been one of the single most credible voices in refuting falsehoods about ethanol, such as the false allegation that ethanol is driving up the price of food items.

“We congratulate Secretary Vilsack as he begins his second term. He is a well-spoken, highly credible voice for the Obama Administration and for American renewable fuels.  As only a former governor and current secretary could do, he speaks eloquently about the importance of energy independence from foreign oil, investment in the next generation of biofuels, and the powerful role the ethanol industry plays in rural economic development.  We are honored to host him at the National Ethanol Conference,” said Bob Dinneen, RFA president and CEO. “The Secretary is a powerful speaker who always commands a crowd at the National Ethanol Conference.  As this industry prepares for heavy assault from Big Oil, Secretary Vilsack will poignantly motivate the ethanol industry to proceed in its mission to expand, to diversify, to innovate, and to open new markets globally. We are grateful the Secretary is taking time to address the industry and emphasize President Obama’s support for the renewable fuels industry.”

The National Ethanol Conference is the preeminent conference for delivering accurate, timely information on marketing, legislative and regulatory issues facing the ethanol industry. More information on this year’s event, including registration opportunities and a complete agenda, can be found at