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Founded in 1981, RFA is the largest ethanol producer trade association in the world and serves as the premier meeting ground for industry leaders and supporters. RFA’s members are working to help America become cleaner, safer, more energy independent and economically secure. Our membership includes; Producer Members which are public and private companies and farmer-owned cooperatives, Associate Members which are companies that provide products and services to the industry and Supporting Members which are non-profit organizations, academia, and government entities.  



  • Weekly updates on regulatory, legislative, research and technical, market development and communication issues.
  • Reduced registration fee for National Ethanol Conference
  • Committee Participation: Technical, Environmental Compliance, Co-products, Plant & Employee Safety, Export
  • Provide input on RFA policy, activities and priorities through attendance at Annual Membership meeting
  • Networking opportunities with producer members
  • Industry alerts and issue briefs
  • Access to Association publications and educational materials
  • Daily News Clips –  delivering the top 10-12 articles most important to the industry


  • Voting member of the RFA Board of Directors
  • Participation in Association meetings and the development of policies
  • Eligible to serve as a member of the Association’s Executive Committee
  • Committee participation: Technical, Environmental Compliance, Co-products, Plant & Employee Safety, Export
  • Timely and accurate legislative and regulatory updates, alerts and issue briefs
  • Weekly staff updates: Legislative, Market Development, Research & Technical
  • Industry reports and studies
  • Reduced registration fee for National Ethanol Conference
  • Access to Association publications and educational materials
  • Daily News Clips –  delivering the top 10-12 articles most important to the industry


  • Reduced registration fee for National Ethanol Conference
  • Access to Association publications and educational materials
  • Industry alerts and issue briefs
  • Daily News Clips –  delivering the top 10-12 articles most important to the industry


RFA’s expertise is showcased in its constantly-updated industry statistics, scientific analysis, industry best practices, and ethanol standards and specifications. RFA’s success is driven by its active and engaged members who serve on committees like:

Accurate and reliable information regarding the production, blending, distribution, and performance of ethanol fuels can mean the difference between success and failure. The RFA Technical Committee focuses heavily on fuel specifications and standards such as ASTM International, National Conference of Weights and Measures, ISO, Canadian General Standards Board, and other international fuel requirements.  RFA members and staff continue to be recognized for their meaningful contributions within these standards development organizations.  Technical committee members can, without hesitation, count on the RFA committee chairs and staff to properly inform and answer fuel quality, storage and handling concerns that impact operations of ethanol facilities. Fuel quality concerns, engine research projects, international blending practices, and state and regional regulations are just a sampling of the topics this committee monitors.

The ethanol industry produces more than just renewable fuel.  Biorefineries across the country also produce distillers grains, corn distillers oil, corn gluten, CO2 and other products.  The RFA Co-Products Committee focuses on issues relevant to all ethanol co-products, from research and educational programs to regulatory issues and trade. Members are involved daily in the production and marketing of co-products, making this committee an excellent forum for exchanging ideas and information.

Existing to examine and provide guidance on the myriad of environmental regulations ethanol production facilities face, the priority of the RFA Environmental Compliance Committee is to protect the environment while providing a forum for navigating the complex regulations imposed on this industry. Topics that routinely discussed include Federal and State permitting requirements, compliance reporting and the readiness of facilities for regulatory inspections.  This committee’s highly technical discussion is extraordinarily valuable in helping familiarize producers with environmental regulations relevant to the ethanol industry and ensuring their facilities remain compliant.

The safety of ethanol production, transportation, consumer use and emergency response is a priority for the RFA Plant & Employee Safety Committee.  This committee has been extraordinarily proactive by working with federal, state and local governments as well as industry partners, to bring much needed attention to hazardous materials regulations and other safety requirements.  RFA Committee members are kept up to date on Department of Transportation HAZMAT regulations, OSHA compliance standards, and continuous education opportunities.  Safety Committee members support the development of nationwide ethanol safety seminars; these learning opportunities are offered free of charge to emergency responders through the Ethanol Emergency Response Coalition (EERC) and the TRANSCAER initiatives.  Safety throughout te process of getting ethanol from production facilities to consumers without incident is a high priority for RFA members. Evaluating the entire distribution chain for improvements to safety and handling are a hot topic.  Currently, ethanol is transported using all transportation modes: truck, railcar, barge, ship and pipeline.  For more information, please visit our Plant Safety Information page

This committee assesses opportunities and challenges in growing international demand for U.S. ethanol.  The group advocates for free and fair trade policies, examines technical and regulatory barriers, interacts with U.S. trade officials, and monitors data and trends in the global trade.


The RFA works hard everyday to provide timely, comprehensive industry information to its members, including weekly updates, such as:

Legislative and Regulatory

Technical and Research

Market Development


Access to Key Strategic Industry Resources

 The RFA will provide key strategic industry information including reports and statistics you will need to meet your company goals. In addition, RFA’s market development efforts have launched innovative new programs, partnerships, and products to expand the use and availability of E15, mid-level blends, E85, blender pumps, and consumer education. These activities provide the ethanol industry with tremendous opportunities for growth. 


To receive information, please submit the form below. Within a week you will receive a membership packet by e-mail, including a description of membership benefits, explanation of dues structure and application form.