WASHINGTON — Registration is now open for the Renewable Fuels Association's 22nd annual National Ethanol Conference (NEC), to be held Feb. 20–22, 2017 in San Diego. The theme for the NEC will be "Building Partnerships, Growing Markets." The NEC provides an exclusive opportunity to engage key decision makers and industry executives, while networking and learning about the latest technologies and government policies. Speakers will address a number of topics, including expanding infrastructure, blends above E10, high octane fuels and exports. "It is no surprise that the National Ethanol Conference is the most widely attended ethanol industry conference and can't miss annual event," said RFA Board Chairman Mick Henderson, general manager of Commonwealth Agri-Energy LLC, which operates a 33-million gallon per year ethanol plant in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. "The conference always has a panoply of speakers to inform attendees about ways we can continue to grow our industry and I look forward to the upcoming event." Additionally, for the second year, NEC has been selected to be a participant of the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Buyer Program (IBP). Through its network of offices in U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide, the IBP recruits pre-screened foreign buyer delegations and brings them to selected U.S. trade shows and conferences, connecting U.S. companies with international buyers. International trade specialists from the agency will be at the International Trade Center onsite at the NEC to provide export counseling, matchmaking services, market analysis and more. For more information, visit NationalEthanolConference.com. Registration is free for accredited media.