Global Ethanol Summit Underway

Global Ethanol Summit Underway

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Over four hundred stakeholders from 60 different countries are attending the U.S. Grains Council's first Global Ethanol Summit.

While ethanol producers in the United States have had a tough year conversations with international groups changes the dialogue for world-wide use. Emily Skor, Growth Energy CEO, says other countries are looking at ethanol to improve domestic policy.

"Whether its clean air, or clean water, or affordable gasoline, or agricultural rural economic development. So these are the things that inspire every country to move toward ethanol. And that's really what the conversation is about, how do we embrace ethanol, not only at a policy level but also in the nuts and bolts of how do we make it work in the economy."

Skor says trade is a top discussion for the United States; the industry had record years for exports in 2017 and 2018 but not in 2019. Ethanol producers want to get global exports back on track. She also says the dialogue has been healthy and energetic between countries which brings hope to some ethanol producers during a hard year.

Today USDA's Deputy Secretary, Steve Censky, is on tap to address crowds at the event.

Report by Corryn LaRue

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