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Iowa Ethanol Production Drops .5B Gallons in 2020

IRFA director: Industry faced several headwinds last year and continues to battle

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While biodiesel production in Iowa held steady in 2020, the state produced .5 billion gallons fewer ethanol than just the year before, reports Successful Farming.

Renewable fuels, in Iowa, have weathered multiple storms in 2020 and have their work cut out for them in 2021.

During his state of the industry address Tuesday at the 2021 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) Executive Director Monte Shaw characterizes the Iowa biofuels industry as “battered, but battling for a better future” – emphasizing the many opportunities to expand biofuel demand in the state, across the country, and around the world.

Shaw touched on several federal and state battles biofuel producers currently face and encouraged them to keep up the fight.

“Our industry just suffered through the triple whammy of RFS exemptions, lost export markets, and COVID demand destruction piled on top of each other,” Shaw said. “Yet, here we are. Which is what I love most about this industry."

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