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USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to Speak at National Ethanol Conference

February 6, 2024

Agriculture, Events, NEC, USDA


The Renewable Fuels Association is proud to announce that U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will be a featured speaker at the 2024 National Ethanol Conference, taking place Feb. 19-21 in San Diego. Sec. Vilsack will speak to nearly 1,000 conference attendees Tuesday morning, Feb. 20.


"We are truly honored to have Secretary Vilsack joining us at this year’s conference, and we look forward to hearing his perspective on the future of renewable fuels and the farm economy,” said RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper. “Under his leadership, USDA continues to embrace sustainable innovation and pursue new market opportunities for America’s farmers and ethanol producers. With crucial SAF tax credit modeling decisions looming, new funding opportunities for biofuels infrastructure, and important new initiatives for climate-smart agriculture, this is the perfect time to welcome Secretary Vilsack to NEC and thank him for his tireless efforts and dedication.”


Vilsack was confirmed as the 32nd Secretary of Agriculture in 2021 by the U.S. Senate, having been nominated by President Joe Biden to return to a role where he served for eight years under President Barack Obama. Prior to his first appointment as USDA secretary, he served two terms as the Governor of Iowa, served in the Iowa State Senate, and as the mayor of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. Before returning to USDA, he served as president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council from 2017 until early 2021.


Now in its 29th year, the National Ethanol Conference is the nation’s most widely attended executive-level conference for the ethanol industry, where sessions featuring globally renowned speakers are interspersed with numerous networking opportunities to help the industry connect and collaborate. Last year in Orlando, RFA hosted nearly 1,000 industry stakeholders, including attendees from 14 countries around the world. Click here for more information.