Sunday, Feb. 19

4:00pm – 7:00pm                                Registration Open, Indigo North Foyer, Lobby Level

Monday, Feb. 20

7:00am – 7:00 pm                             Registration Open, Indigo North Foyer, Lobby Level

7:00am – 3:30pm                               Annual NEC Golf Tournament, Maderas Golf Club
sponsored by Eco-Energy, Inc.

9:00am – 3:00pm                               Networking Day Tour – USS Midway (sold out)

4:30pm – 6:00pm                              RFA PAC Auction (RFA Members Only), Indigo 202A

6:00pm – 7:30pm                              Welcome Reception, Indigo West Foyer/Terrace
sponsored by Fagen, Inc.

Tuesday, Feb. 21 

6:30am – 6:00pm                               Registration Open, Indigo North Foyer, Lobby Level

7:00am – 8:00am                               Continental Breakfast, Indigo West Foyer
sponsored by CoBank and Farm Credit Services of America

8:00am- 8:10am                                  Welcome Remarks, Indigo Ballroom
Mick Henderson,
General Manager, Commonwealth Agri-Energy, LLC and Chairman, Renewable Fuels Association

8:10am – 8:45am                               State of the Industry Address, Indigo Ballroom
Bob Dinneen
, President and CEO, Renewable Fuels Association

8:45am – 9:15am                               Keynote Address, Indigo Ballroom

9:15am – 10:15am                            Future of Fuels Policy Discussion, Indigo Ballroom

Moving the conversation beyond today’s policy battles, we will foster a frank dialogue among sometimes competing stakeholders in the fuel production and marketing sectors.  Topics for discussion will include the potential for high octane/low carbon fuels, state low carbon fuel programs, electric vehicles, CAFE standards, global climate initiatives, and the regulatory landscape for petroleum and natural gas extraction.

Moderator: Bob Dinneen, President and CEO, Renewable Fuels Association

Chet Thompson, President, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers

10:15am – 10:45am                         Refreshment Break, Indigo West Foyer
sponsored by Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

10:15am – 10:45am                         NEC Tech Connect Theater, Indigo 202A
“The Buzz on Big Data: Driving Plant Profitability through Better Data Management” 

Ethanol plants are data driven operations. The industry is on the cusp of realizing the power of better data management to save time, optimize production and build on the bottom line. Join Novozymes to learn how we are helping the plants that we work with get it right. Hear about potential next steps that you can take in your big data journey, including best practices, overcoming obstacles and the true benefits of centralized, streamlined data collection and analysis.

Laurie Duval, Senior Manager, Technical Service, Novozymes

10:45am – 12:15pm                                                 Paving the Road to a High Octane, Low Carbon Future, Indigo Ballroom

Automakers, DOE scientists, and other experts agree that octane is the key to enabling greater efficiency and reduced emissions in the internal combustion engines of the future. This panel will discuss the benefits of high octane low carbon fuels, and examine the hurdles to broad commercialization in the future.

Moderator: Geoff Cooper, Senior Vice President, Renewable Fuels Association
David McShane, Executive Vice President, Ricardo
Jim Szybist, Senior Research Staff, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Ford Motor Company, invited

12:30pm – 2:00pm                           Luncheon, Sapphire Ballroom

2:00pm – 2:30pm                              NEC Tech Connect Theater, Indigo 202A
“How New Cellulosic Technology Can Help Grow Demand for Ethanol”

Cellerate™ process technology converts corn kernel fiber into cellulosic ethanol. Developed at Quad County Corn Processors (QCCP) in Galva, Iowa, Cellerate is collaboration between Syngenta and Cellulosic Ethanol Technologies, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of QCCP.  Cellerate can help a dry grind ethanol plant produce more ethanol from an existing asset base, increase total yield of distillers corn oil and improve the protein content of feed co-products.

Dr. Miloud Araba, Head of Enogen Technical Services, Syngenta

2:15pm – 3:30pm                              Understanding Gasoline Markets and Ethanol Considerations, Indigo Ballroom

The demographics of those that own fuel stations continues to evolve, and those owners have many considerations when making significant changes to fuel offerings. From regulatory hurdles, equipment replacement timelines, financial incentives and long term strategies, the move to higher ethanol blends must fit strategically. This panel will discuss all aspects and explain why some retailers have embraced with open arms, while others remain on the sidelines.

Moderator: Robert White, Vice President of Industry Relations, Renewable Fuels Association
Ryan McNutt, CEO, Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America (SIGMA)
Jimm Cross,  Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA) Western Region Chairman and President, Cross Petroleum
John Eichberger, Executive Director, Fuels Institute
Rick Long, General Manager & Associate General Counsel, Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI)

3:00pm – 3:30pm                              NEC Tech Connect Theater, Indigo 202A
“SPEZYME® HT – Next generation amylase in superior liquefaction performance”

DuPont Industrial Biosciences provides solutions to derive maximum value from agricultural feedstocks and unlock the full potential of the biorefinery and its value streams. SPEZYME® HT is the latest breakthrough in DuPont’s ongoing amylase discovery and engineering effort specifically targeted at improved viscosity and solubility under stress conditions.

Stephanie Gleason, Regional Application Development Leader, DuPont Industrial Biosciences
3:30pm – 4:00pm                              Refreshment Break, Indigo West Foyer
sponsored by Genscape, Inc.

4:00pm – 5:15pm                              Perspectives on the RFS and the Point of Obligation, Indigo Ballroom

Panelists will present their views regarding the ongoing debate about the Point of Obligation under the RFS, and the potential impacts of such a change on the effectiveness of the RFS and volatility in the RIN market.

Moderator: Neil Koehler, Co-Founder, Director and Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Ethanol, Inc.

Richard Walsh, SVP & Deputy General Counsel, Valero Renewable Fuels Company LLC

Tim Columbus, Attorney, Steptoe & Johnson, LLP
5:30pm – 7:00pm                              Networking Reception, Promenade Plaza
sponsored by OpenLink

Wednesday, Feb. 22

6:30am – 12:00pm                            Registration Open, Indigo North Foyer, Lobby Level

7:00am – 8:00am                               Continental Breakfast, Indigo West Foyer
sponsored by CHS, Inc.

8:00am – 8:15am                               RFA 2017 Industry Award Presentation, Indigo Ballroom

8:15am – 9:15am                               Agriculture Working Together to Move Rural America Forward, Indigo Ballroom

A free-wheeling conversation about the current state of the farm economy, the policy impact of historic surpluses, and moving past food versus fuel. Can we rebuild relationships with animal agriculture?

Moderator: Bob Dinneen, President and CEO, Renewable Fuels Association
Chris Novak, CEO, National Corn Growers Association

9:15am – 9:45am                               Global Demand Drivers and Trends Fueling Ethanol Growth, Indigo Ballroom

Ethanol exports continue to serve as a valuable and continuously expanding revenue source for the U.S. ethanol industry.  This presentation will provide an in-depth look at the current market trends associated with global trade in ethanol, and the key factors driving the demand for ethanol around the globe, including low-carbon initiatives, octane demand, efforts to replace MTBE and monetizing carbon.

Moderator: Ed Hubbard, General Counsel, Renewable Fuels Association
Scott Richman, Senior Vice President, Informa Economics

9:45am – 10:15am                            Refreshment Break, Indigo West Foyer

10:15am – 11:15am                         Opportunities for Ethanol Export in Target Markets, Indigo Ballroom
In connection with this year’s International Buyer Program, experts from each of the 5 top global markets participating in the program will provide valuable information about each market and outline export opportunities that exist there now and in the near future.  Panelists will provide detailed information concerning each country’s fuel market, its domestic biofuel policies and the current trends and forecasts for ethanol trade with these markets. 

Moderator: Ed Hubbard, General Counsel, Renewable Fuels Association
Ryan LeGrand, Mexico Director, U.S. Grains Council
Amit Sachdev, Country Representative/Consultant, U.S. Grains Council
Flavio Castellari, Executive Director, APLA Brasil
China (invited)
South Korea (invited)

11:15am – 12:00pm                                                Navigating the Media Maelstrom, Indigo Ballroom
It seems as though ethanol gets far more than its fair share of media coverage—and most of it is negative. Why? How can the industry do a better job getting our message out? In this session, reporters will discuss energy coverage and outline how to give a good interview, conduct local media outreach, use social media and avoid common pitfalls.


Moderator: Rachel Gantz, Communications Director, Renewable Fuels Association
Jerry Hagstrom, Founder and Executive Editor, The Hagstrom Report
Amy Harder, Reporter, Wall Street Journal
Todd Neeley, Staff Reporter, DTN/The Progressive Farmer

12:00pm                                                   Closing Remarks, Indigo Ballroom
Bob Dinneen,
President and CEO, Renewable Fuels Association

12:00pm -5:00pm                              International Matchmaking and Networking
International Trade Center,
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