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Governor of Iowa Kicks Off #BIO2016 Biofuels and Renewable Chemicals Track

June 7, 2016
On Monday, June 7, 2016, The Honorable Terry Branstad, Governor of Iowa, provided welcoming remarks to the #BIO2016 attendees participating in the Biofuels and Renewable Chemicals Track Sessions. 

Governor Branstad is not only the longest serving governor in American history but he was Iowa’s longest-serving governor, from 1983 to 1999. As the state’s chief executive, he endured some of Iowa’s worst economic turmoil, during the farm crisis of the ‘80s, while helping lead the state’s resurgence to a booming economy in the ‘90s.

In 2016, Govenor Branstad signed into law a first of its kind renewable chemical production tax credit program.

Iowa and Governor Branstad have lead the way at the state level in terms of fostering a biobased economy through articulating a vision to passing legislation to incentivizing biofuels and renewable chemicals.

Highlights from his remarks can be found here:

"Iowa is leading the nation in renewable fuel production. We are advancing research in animal, plant, and human biosciences.

"Investing in the bioscience sector has spurred economic growth, created jobs, and improved the lives of those in Iowa and around the world.

"Iowa can be counted on to help feed and fuel the world. My state continues to be the epicenter for ethanol. When industry leaders like DuPont and POET invest in the latest technologies, you know that these leads to growth in the industrial biotechnology sector.

"We have 43 ethanol, 12 biodiesel, and 2 cellulosic ethanol plants currently active and producing in the state of Iowa.

"Research and development in the industrial biotech  sector can create the necessary value chain add-ins for the renewable chemical and biomass sectors.

In conclusion, Governor Branstad expressed his avid support for the Renewable Fuel Standard and spoke to its success. He commented on the oil industry's campaign to spread misnomers and misinformation around ethanol.