This week, members from a variety of corn and ethanol associations met in Washington, D.C., with congressmen to discuss the “importance of ethanol.” The 60 participants, including National Corn Growers Association officers and four members of the Board of Directors, participated in meetings with lawmakers.
"These meetings are essential, especially at a time when energy independence is so important," NCGA President Bart Schott, an attendee at the meetings, said. "We have great messages to share about the advancements in the ethanol industry and we want to ensure members of Congress know the whole story."
Prior to meetings on Capitol Hill, participants heard from Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and USDA Under Secretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager. The two gave remarks on how the ethanol industry is vital to energy security and reducing our dependence on foreign oil. They also touched on the economic benefits ethanol has in rural America.
Broken in to several groups, participants had over 150 meetings both on the Senate and House side of the Capitol. Some of the messages brought to Capitol Hill include information on corn ethanol bi-products such as dried distillers grains and how the corn crop was used in 2010.