The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed late Wednesday that Deputy Secretary Steve Censky will speak at the Global Ethanol Summit (GES) in Washington, D.C., scheduled for Oct. 14-15. The Summit, sponsored jointly by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), U.S. Grains Council (USGC), and Growth Energy, is planned to engage a broad array of global ethanol leaders about the benefits of expanding ethanol use. Censky's comments will focus on delivering U.S. ethanol potential through collaboration and trade. "We look forward to welcoming Deputy Secretary Censky to the event, which will feature presentations from the industry's foremost experts, insightful discussions and unparalleled networking opportunities," said RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper. "U.S. ethanol isn't just an important part of the economy in America's rural communities, it is driving economic development and environmental benefits around the world. Bringing together so many leaders and decision-makers from so many places is an important part of our work in raising awareness about the benefits of U.S. ethanol, so we all can breathe easier with a high-octane, low-carbon, affordable fuel solution." More than 300 ministerial-level officials and senior-level industry leaders, ethanol producers and refiners from more than 60 countries have been invited to attend. With informative general sessions, networking and dedicated business-to-business meetings, the GES will provide attendees direct access to thought leaders on the future of global ethanol use and the opportunity to build partnerships with industry leaders. First-day conference highlights include discussions about ethanol trade policy, global decarbonization of fuel and the environmental benefits of ethanol, air quality and human health implications of ethanol, opportunities for ethanol expansion in the bio-economy and industrial uses of the product. "We are very pleased Deputy Secretary Censky has agreed to be with us during this important event," said Ryan LeGrand, USGC president and CEO. "We are encouraged that ethanol means as much to the administration as it does to us and to American corn farmers dedicated to making our country and many others around the world environmentally safer for generations to come." The second day of the meeting will focus on delivering on ethanol's potential through collaboration, trade and global use. Sessions planned include discussions about octane economics, vehicle compatibility with ethanol and handling and logistics of ethanol use. "The Global Ethanol Summit will bring together some of the biggest players in the industry, and we are fortunate to have one of the U.S.' most invaluable biofuel supporters, USDA Deputy Secretary Censky, be part of this conversation," said Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor. "We look forward to a robust discussion on building the global market, as well as the opportunity to hear from industry experts on how critical fostering stable trade relationships will continue to be for future growth. We look forward to joining our partners and USDA Deputy Secretary Censky at this one-of-a-kind event in October." The meeting will end by looking at future opportunities for ethanol, its expanded use potential and the outlook for developing and cultivating new markets around the world. The GES follows two previous regional ethanol summits – the Ethanol Summit of the Americas held in October 2017 and the Ethanol Summit of the Asia-Pacific held in May 2018. Additional funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Trade Promotion (ATP) program and other sponsors will support the expanded focus of the GES. The GES will also feature a U.S. sales component that builds on current ethanol trade. For the last 10 years, ethanol has been the fastest-growing U.S. agricultural export, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA's FAS). Following the Summit, the Council and its members will organize specialized tours of U.S. ethanol production facilities and terminals for international Summit attendees. Interested domestic ethanol industry leaders and other members of the ethanol value chain can register for the event at www.grains.org/event/ges.