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Need for certainty

RFS support stressed at Biofuels Summit

LESA FRANCE KENNEDY Building a bright future for NASCAR

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Joni Ernst Biofuels Champion

Austin Dillon advances to Playoffs!

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A Family Business

LIKE NONE OTHER Lesa France Kennedy on the heritage, growth and future of NASCAR

by Emily Skor, Growth Energy CEO Writer’s note: I recently had the opportunity to visit with Lesa France Kennedy, vice chairman and chief executive officer of International Speedway Corporation (ISC). It was fascinating to gain the perspective of one of the most powerful women in sports, as we discussed her recollections of NASCAR® history, her constant drive to improve the fan experience, and her vision for the future.

“Growing up in a family business was interesting, in many ways,” Kennedy stated. “As anyone who is involved in their own family business knows, you don’t leave work behind for Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas Eve. You’re all in, which is great.”


Kennedy, her uncle, Jim, and her brother, Brian, are all involved in NASCAR and ISC—Jim as ISC’s chairman of the board and Brian as NASCAR chairman and CEO. “While we all have very strong personalities, we focus on different areas,” Kennedy said. “Being able to rely on the strengths of the other family members when making decisions is very helpful. You know you always have someone in your court, and you’ve known their thought process for years.”

ith NASCAR claiming its spot as one of the most popular sports in America, it may seem strange to call it a family business. But it is, and always has been, for Lesa France Kennedy, vice chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of International Speedway Corporation (ISC). As the granddaughter of NASCAR co-founder Bill France, Sr., Kennedy says the racing community has been the center of her life for as long as she can remember.



From grandmother Anne Bledsoe France to uncle Jim, son Ben and brother Brian, NASCAR has always been—and remains— “the family business” to Lesa France Kennedy.

Indelible memories Kennedy had a front-row seat to the rapid growth of NASCAR, and she clearly recalls some key events that fueled that growth. “One of the most exciting memories I have is of President Reagan and Air Force One landing right behind the track at Daytona. It looked like the plane was going to land right on the Superstretch,” she recalled. “President Reagan was there for Richard Petty’s 200th career victory and final race. That is a family and career highlight. You can’t replicate it.”

demographics have changed. When I was younger, it was a much more male-dominated sport. More than 40 percent of our fans are now women. That is very different than when I was growing up.” Constantly improving the experience for fans of all ages is Kennedy’s goal as CEO of ISC. Under her leadership, the organization has undertaken an expansive program of track improvements. (continued on next page)

When asked about the biggest change she’s seen growing up with the sport, Kennedy named two. “It was a motorsports experience, and now it is a complete family fun experience. Also, the

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NASCAR racers have run more than

10 million miles on Sunoco Green


“It has changed people’s perception of racing, and they realize the efforts we’re putting toward making this a green sport.”

(continued from previous page) “The project that really shines is Daytona Rising, which we completed two years ago,” she said. “We invested $400 million into our flagship track, and the fans really love it. The track is an experience in itself.” Though much has changed as the sport has evolved, one constant, according to Kennedy, is the connection formed between fans and drivers. “My early memories are of the personalities of the drivers and how approachable they were,” Kennedy said. “I believe we have some of the most approachable and fan-friendly athletes in any sport.”

A bright future

Another change that has already paid dividends is the move to an ethanol blended racing fuel. “It has changed people’s perception of racing, and they realize the efforts we’re putting toward making this a green sport,” Kennedy said. “That is more and more important as new generations come into the sport. They see their future and how changing the overall environment is going to be critical to how the world looks for them. It’s exposing people to greener racing and a greener approach to their everyday life. It’s an area that shines for us.” Kennedy sees that impact firsthand through her son, Ben, who races on the NASCAR XFINITY Series circuit. “We talk a lot about global change, and he’s very tuned into that. It’s important to him, and future generations are going to be even more dialed into it.”

Kennedy noted that NASCAR and ISC will continue to develop ways to engage a new generation of fans— a process already well underway. “You have to constantly evolve with the fans,” she stressed. “In the coming years, you’ll see more technology at the race tracks. You’ll see more social zones because our fans really like to have those breaks to socialize. It all goes back to what gets the fans to the track and excites them.”

Named to Adweek’s list of the “30 Most Powerful Women in Sports,” Lesa France Kennedy, pictured here with mother Betty Jane and grandmother Anne Bledsoe France, is the latest in the line of France women who have profoundly influenced the sport of racing.



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A Need for Certainty

Industry representatives engage Washington at annual Biofuels Summit More than 150 leaders from almost every biofuel-producing state in the United States attended Growth Energy’s Biofuels Summit, the association’s annual advocacy conference in Washington, D.C., which was held September 11-14, 2017. Biofuel industry members had 240 meetings with congressional representatives and their staffs to urge support for protecting the Renewable Fuel Standard’s (RFS) renewable volume obligations for 2018. Growth Energy once again encouraged representatives to approve a legislative fix for the Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) restriction that places barriers on consumers’ fuel choices during summer months. Growth Energy representatives also voiced their concerns about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) apparent backpedaling on advanced biofuels and cellulosic biofuel production, recommending targets lower than those finalized in 2017. “The industry According to the needs to have certainty about EPA, by 2022 the blending targets,” said Emily Skor, Renewable Fuel Standard CEO of Growth Energy. “It’s critical will reduce carbon to our progress.”


pollution by

138 metric tons.

Biofuel industry representatives reiterated the facts that the RFS is lowering the country’s dependence on foreign oil, improving air quality, and providing consumers with more affordable fuel options that also are good for engine performance.


How was the message received? “We had mostly positive feedback,” Skor said. “We will continue to communicate with our members this fall and gather input from them about their meetings with congressional members and staffs.”





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3 1) Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor opens the 2017 Biofuels Summit in Washington, D.C. 2) Growth Energy Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs Chris Hogan unveils a new website for the organization while Growth Energy Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Chris Bliley waits to introduce new member-focused tools for regulatory compliance.


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6 3) Jackie Pohlman and John Caupert of the National Cornto-Ethanol Research Center and Growth Energy Director of Operations & Programming Kitty Loyd and Emily Skor present a Fueling Growth Award to Raja Krishnamoorthi, member of the U.S. House of Representatives for the 8th district of Illinois. 4) Members of the South Dakota team pose for a photo with South Dakota At-Large Congresswoman Kristi Noem. 5) Tim Holtquist from POET Big Stone looks at the Member Advocacy Toolkit during a break. 6) Retired Gen. Wesley K. Clark presents a Fueling Growth Award to Collin Peterson, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota’s 7th district. 7) A Fueling Growth Award for Representative Rod Blum, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Iowa’s 1st district.


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A Community Up to the Challenge When a Watertown, South Dakota, ethanol producer created the E30 Challenge in the summer of 2016, the goals were clear. “We wanted to increase consumer awareness of E30, use hard data to dispel myths about E30 use, and change consumer behavior,” explained Marcy Kohl, director of communications and corporate affairs for Glacial Lakes Energy. What followed was a multi-tiered approach that enlisted the participation of performance experts, local fuel retailers, auto repair shops and dealerships, and the driving public. Watertown area drivers were enticed to try the fuel with a $0.30 per gallon discount during May and June, coupled with a Glacial Lakes pledge to donate another $0.30 per gallon to the Watertown Boys & Girls Clubs. The approach was effective. By the promotion’s end, E30 sales were up 600 percent—and they remain at that level more than one year later. Two retailers in town have added blender pumps offering E30. “We were also able to donate $50,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs,” Kohl added.

By the numbers “As part of the challenge, we wanted to gather real, hard data on how E30 was performing in auto engines,” Kohl stated. “We equipped roughly 50 test vehicles of various ages, makes, and models with the same data loggers the EPA [U.S. Environmental Protection Agency] uses in their performance evaluations.”

The success of the E30 campaign enabled Glacial Lakes Energy to donate $50,000 to the Watertown Boys and Girls Club. It also made an E30 believer out of Cheryl Hohn. Her 2012 Camaro was one of the Challenge test vehicles.

“We wanted to use hard data to dispel myths about E30 use.”

What did the data show? “We found that vehicles will adapt very well to E30,” noted Brad Brunner, Glacial Lakes Energy ethanol marketing manager. “We put up to 2,000 miles on our vehicles, and we found that all injected vehicles can run safely on E30, mileage will not be negatively impacted, torque and horsepower are generally improved, and there were no check engine lights or significant engine problems.” Brunner has since submitted to the EPA a white paper on the challenge results. The E30 Challenge did have one more goal: To create a model that could be replicated throughout the industry. The first stage of that mission has also been accomplished. “We’re working with another ethanol manufacturer, Redfield Energy, to help them launch an E30 Challenge in their community,” Kohl said.

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Accessible. Mobile. Powerful. New Growth Energy Website Raises the Bar

Officially launched at the 2017 Biofuels Summit, the new Growth Energy website—— sports a bold look plus a host of powerful features, and this is only the beginning. “When we began the audit of our digital properties in December of last year, our intent was to take a critical look at the content we were presenting to ensure it truly represented Growth Energy, our mission, and our industry,” explained Growth Energy Creative Director Houston Ruck. “We worked to reshape existing content and add additional data, reports, and resources.” Ensuring that the new site was mobile friendly was a top priority. Mission accomplished. “We sent text messages to everyone in the room at the Biofuels Summit announcing that the site was launched and inviting them to visit,” Ruck said. “I was in the back of the room gauging response, and everyone immediately

pulled it up and were interacting with the site for a good, long time. A lot of people came up to us at the break and said it was great that the design was responsive. To ensure the site looked good and worked well on every screen, everywhere, was critical to us.” Of course, that’s not all it has to offer. “We have a tremendous amount of information on the site,” Ruck noted. “When we organized our content, we considered all our audiences—our membership, general consumers, the Hill staff and people in policy areas, and the media. We thought about what information is most useful for each of those audiences, then tried to present it the easiest way for each audience to access.” “We also spent a lot of time thinking about what we wanted the site to look like,” added Jenni Roberson, Growth Energy director of communications and public

“We wanted it to be very compelling— to grab you from the first click.”



affairs. “We wanted it to be very compelling— to grab you from the first click—and help you understand what our industry is doing every day. That led to the tagline: Renewable, homegrown biofuels are moving America forward. That, in turn, inspired the videos of vehicles moving through different American landscapes, and the message that virtually every vehicle everywhere is powered by ethanol.” Digital content is always fluid, so the team has already started on the next phase of site development. “We’re working on our list of requested features and will be continually improving the website,” Ruck said.

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On a Roll with E85


f you’re ever in Las Vegas and a blue 2016 Volkswagen Golf pulls up, keep looking straight ahead. It could be Anthony Taylor.

That Golf carries Taylor to his daily job as a waiter at Joel Robuchon’s restaurant in the MGM Grand, and he can get there in a hurry. The unassuming commuter vehicle packs 700 HP and reaches 60 mph in 2.2 seconds. Makes you wonder what he drives for fun, right? Wonder no more. One of the latest members of the racing community to receive American Ethanol sponsorship, Taylor drives a Lamborghini Gallardo pushing 2,200 HP and fueled with E85. While it’s street legal, the street is not where you’ll usually find Taylor’s regal ride. Taylor is one of the rising stars in the rapidly growing sport of roll racing. Born on the street, roll racing has



“Why would I want to buy race fuel at $15 a gallon when I get more performance out of E85?”

moved to the strip in pursuit of a safer venue in which to answer the age-old question, Who has the fastest car? And Taylor has claimed that title on more than one occasion. “The sport has really blown up to the point that some events have 20,000 spectators,” he said. Fast cars have been a part of Taylor’s life since he bought his first performance vehicle, a BMW M3. “I moved on from that car to a Porsche 911 turbo, which I believe was the first flex-fuel Porsche in the world,” he recalled. “The first event I entered with that car, I got there, filled up with ethanol, and raced with my fiancée in the passenger seat and my luggage in the back. Most of the other racers trailered their cars in. I won the event and drove home.” After more performanceboosting adjustments, Taylor and the car would set a half-mile Porsche speed record at 219 mph.

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Though his cars have changed, and his speeds have increased, one factor has remained constant: Taylor has always raced with E85. “Frankly, I started running ethanol because race fuel is hard to get and expensive,” he explained. “Why would I want to buy race fuel at $15 a gallon when I get more performance out of the E85 I can buy at the pump for $2.50? As my knowledge increased, I learned about all the other performance and environmental benefits of ethanol fuels. I’m not the only one. A lot of roll racers are now running ethanol in the half-mile events.” Sponsorship is new to Taylor, who has always been self-funded. “It’s great that American Ethanol is onboard for two events this year,” he said. “Everyone I’ve worked with there has been real, down-to-earth— good people.”




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E15 Helps Keep Kwik Trip Customers Satisfied “We’re always trying to provide value and options to our customers, and [E15] is a good opportunity to do that with our fuel products.” That’s Joel Hirschboeck, general manager of fuel procurement and marketing for Kwik Trip, describing the company’s decision to introduce E15 in its convenience stores. “We’re trying to add value by having a higher-octane, lower-cost fuel that the consumer can choose.” The Wisconsin-based company began the introduction of E15, branded as Unleaded 88, in February of this year, and the rollout has been rapid. “We’re already in almost 200 stores, with the goal of having the product in as many of our stores as possible,” Hirschboeck says. “Every new store we build will offer Unleaded 88.” With more than 400 locations in Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota, the company has earned a reputation for quality and value, and enjoyed steady

expansion since it was founded in 1965. Kwik Trip has long been a leader in providing innovative ethanol alternatives to its customers, having introduced E85 at several stores 20 years ago. Hirschboeck notes that the response to E15 has met expectations, and he is optimistic about the future of the fuel at Kwik Trip. “We haven’t yet put a real marketing effort behind it,” Hirschboeck states. “As we get into more stores and a wider footprint, we’ll expand communication and marketing of the product to our customers. We anticipate seeing E15 grow as a percentage of our sales.”

“We’re always trying to provide value and options to our customers.”

Every new Kwik Trip store built will offer E15, branded as Unleaded 88.

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Keeping Rural America Strong


Editor’s note: In each issue of American Ethanol magazine, we will feature a Biofuels Champion. These are individuals or organizations who understand the importance of biofuels to our economy and environment, and are committed to supporting our industry. Our first Biofuels Champion is Iowa Senator Joni Ernst. We wanted to know more about how her agricultural background informs her legislative service and her thoughts on the American biofuels industry. Here is what she had to say about the key role biofuels play in the rural economy and the security of our country.

AE: How does your background in agriculture inform not only your decisions related to that industry but also your perspective as a legislator? Ernst: Growing up walking beans and feeding hogs on our family farm in southwest Iowa, I saw firsthand the critical role agriculture plays in Iowa and across the globe. Our farmers ensure that folks in the U.S. and around the world have access to a safe and affordable food supply. In fact, Iowans are leading producers of many things, including corn, soybeans, and renewable fuels. Coming from an agricultural background has given me insight into our rural communities, which are the backbone of our nation. It helps to give me perspective on where the true strength of our nation lies—in our ability to feed and fuel ourselves. In the United States Senate, I am proud to be a member of the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. As a member of this committee, I have an opportunity to work with my colleagues to make sure those in the fields and on ranches can continue to do what they do best—produce world-class goods that





Senator Ernst confers with South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds prior to participating in a committee hearing.

AE: How would you describe the value/ importance of ethanol to American consumers and the ag industry, both in Iowa and nationwide? Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa

feed a hungry and growing population, without undue regulatory burdens from Washington.

AE: What do you see as the most critical issues for the American biofuels industry, and how are you working to ensure this industry continues to thrive? Ernst: Right now, the American biofuels industry needs certainty. During the last administration the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) delayed putting out the statutorily required volumes for years at a time, which stalled investment. Not having a strong commitment from the administration, or from Congress, drives investments overseas and slows the growth in this important sector of our economy. In September, I sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him not to lower volumes in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for 2018 and 2019, which could in turn hurt farmers, manufacturers, and rural communities. I will always fight to ensure that the EPA and White House are hearing directly from our corn and soybean farmers, our biofuel producers, and rural communities.

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Ernst: Ethanol is critical because it provides consumers with a choice at the pump, and often a choice that is more cost-effective and better for the environment. It also adds value to the agricultural industry by providing another market for our farmers, who have proven, time and again, to be the best at meeting demand. Finally, the coproducts from ethanol go to feed our livestock, further helping the ag economy.

AE: You have been a champion of biofuels in the U.S. Senate, and you’ve received Growth Energy’s Fueling Growth Award. Tell us what that means to you and why you’re committed to the RFS and biofuels? Ernst: I’m committed to promoting biofuels and protecting the RFS because they do so much for our farmers, our rural communities, and our national security. The RFS is a valuable tool designed to promote the use of renewable fuels, including ethanol and biodiesel, which help reduce our dependence on foreign oil. This award symbolizes the work we have done so far for homegrown biofuels, for American jobs, and for our farmers—and the work we continue to do. We must make sure we have a strong and robust RFS, which encourages consumer choice, investment, and innovation.


Here’s to a Healthy Holiday Biofuels are well-documented as the healthy energy choice—good for the environment and for all of us. Healthy choices are also important, as we head into the holiday season. In the spirit of healthy living, here are a few thoughts that will help minimize the need for post-holiday damage control. The No. 1 way to resist overindulging is to plan ahead. Often, we tend to skip meals to “save up calories” for a specific meal or event. Never skip breakfast (or any other meal), but instead eat smaller portions in preparation for the day’s activities. Stay hydrated! Drinking water ahead of time helps give the body a feeling of fullness, which will also stave off hunger.

Slow down when you eat. It takes the brain roughly 20 minutes to register that your stomach is full. If you eat too quickly, your brain will not be able to register that your stomach is full until it is too late.

The No. 1 way to resist overindulging is to plan ahead.

Smart eating requires portion control. Try using a smaller plate for your meal, such as a salad plate instead of a dinner plate. Look for fresh/raw fruits and vegetables, and fill most of your plate with these. Limit rich or heavy foods with sauces, glaze, cream, and cheese sauces.


Never go hungry to an event or party. You can also eat a light, healthy snack prior to a big dinner party to help keep your appetite under control.

Drink water throughout the meal to help you feel full and satisfied. Limit alcohol, as it is high in calories and can cause you to make improper food choices. If you can, bring your own healthy dish to the party so that you can include that in your meal.

After a holiday meal, instead of hitting the couch to take a nap, go for a walk. This will help with digestion and burning off some of the calories you ingested.


On Hand to Educate

Consumers have driven more than

500 million miles on E15 across the USA.

Members of the International Motor Press Association (IMPA) and their guests gathered at the Monticello Motor Club on October 17-18, 2017, for IMPA Test Days—an opportunity to put the next wave of new vehicles through their paces. They also learned more about the benefits of fueling those vehicles with ethanol, as several Growth Energy representatives made the trek to Monticello, New York. Growth Energy was a platinum-level sponsor of the event this year. “Last year was the first time we sponsored IMPA, and we were excited to do it again,” stated Chris Hogan, Growth Energy’s vice president of communications and public affairs. “Growth Energy is constantly seeking innovative ways to spread the benefits of ethanol to new audiences. This is a great opportunity for us to directly engage with the automotive press, something the industry has not done extensively in the past.”

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In attendance, to help make the case for ethanol performance, was one who knows—Kyle Mohan, Formula Drift driver and engine expert. Mohan was part of the team prepared to promote the ethanol advantage and answer questions from members of the press.

“Growth Energy is constantly seeking innovative ways to spread the benefits of ethanol to new audiences.”

“We learned last year that many in the automotive media don’t have a great familiarity with ethanol,” Hogan explained. “They may have a general knowledge that it’s fuel, but they aren’t fully aware of the benefits. Our job was to have a strong presence at IMPA, accompanied by credible expert validators, who let IMPA attendees know that ethanol is a 21st century biofuel for 21st century vehicles. We wanted them to know ethanol is better for the environment than gasoline, boosts engine performance with octane, and saves drivers money at the pump.”


Sheetz Expands E15, E85 Access in Pennsylvania Pennsylvania motorists now have improved access to higher ethanol blends, thanks to a partnership between U.S. and state governments, Sheetz convenience stores, Growth Energy, and Prime the Pump. On October 23, 2017, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor joined a press conference in Middletown, Pennsylvania, along with representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, the Delaware Department of Agriculture, and Sheetz, to discuss the successful joint effort to complete higher-blend infrastructure in the state. Sheetz, based in Altoona, Pennsylvania, has added 340 biofuel-capable fuel pumps at 79 locations in the state. “The spectacular growth of E15 is a testament to the value it brings to fuel retailers and consumers,”

said Skor. “Forward-thinking retailers have figured out that giving their customers more fuel choices is smart business, and American drivers have figured out that E15 allows them to save money at the pump, all while making a smarter choice for their engines and the environment.” “Biofuels are an important component of the diverse energy portfolio that will power our country in the future,” said Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding. “Alternative fuels create new markets for agricultural products, which can lead to greater production and better prices for our farmers.” More than 1,000 fuel stations around the country now offer E15—nearly three times the number of stations that carried the fuel this time last year. Pennsylvania is now home to 85 of those E15 stations.

Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor and Sheels EVP of Fuels Mike Lorenz with legislators at the legislative hearing on S. 517, the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act.



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A New Generation of Support for As the largest living generation in the United States, currently estimated at 75.4 million people1, millennials will have a significant impact on our environmental future. Understanding the vital role they play in our society, millennials are champions of change and are continually looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint. Now, Generation Z—“post-millennial” children and young adults born in 1995 or after—is following closely in their footsteps. Millennials and postmillennials were sensitized at an early age to the impact they have on the environment, as they were exposed to recycling, energy conservation, and other socially responsible practices at home and school. They are keenly interested in learning how they can make a difference in helping safeguard our planet for future generations. One such opportunity, embraced by Future Farmers of America (FFA) members each June at Iowa Speedway, is earth-friendly American ethanol. Founded in 1928 by a group of agricultural students, the FFA has evolved from its purely farming roots to an organization that today welcomes members who aspire to careers as teachers, doctors, scientists, business owners, and more. The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. FFA membership today is comprised of 653,359 student members in grades 7 through 12 who belong to one of 8,568 local FFA chapters throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Syngenta, a leading agriculture company, is a strong supporter of both the FFA and ethanol, and understands the positive impact each has on the

future of rural America. For the past four years, Syngenta and FFA members have worked together at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa, to spread the word about the benefits of renewable fuels and educate consumers on the value of ethanol. FFA members have also collected contributions for the Prime the Pump Fund, an industry initiative to help make higher ethanol blends more readily available. Syngenta matches money raised by FFA members at the race each year for the Prime the Pump Fund and makes a contribution to participating chapters. Earlier this year, members of the Twin Cedars FFA chapter in Bussey, Iowa, again had the opportunity to engage racegoers at the NASCAR® Xfinity Series American Ethanol E15 250 presented by Enogen®. Miranda Johnson, former chapter advisor, says working at the race has been an excellent opportunity for her students to develop leadership skills and share knowledge on a topic they care about. “Our students are the future, and they understand the important role renewable fuels play in fueling our country,” Johnson says. “They were excited to educate and engage with the public about the importance of renewable fuels and the value of E15 while helping raise money for their chapter.” Twin Cedars FFA members learn about ethanol and its various benefits through their classroom curriculum. Then, they get to see it at work firsthand during the race, where all NASCAR teams run on Sunoco Green E15, a biofuel blended with 15 percent American-made ethanol, and have for more than 10 million miles.

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Renewable Fuels Members like Jordyn Sanders, chapter president, have enjoyed the opportunity to speak with consumers about the importance of ethanol, the value of E15, and the future of fuel. “Ethanol is a cleaner fuel that will help better the environment today and for years to come,” Sanders says. The outlook for ethanol is bright as millennials, and now Gen Zers, exemplified by these outstanding young leaders, understand and embrace its environmental benefits—and advocate on behalf of ethanol.

“Our students are the future, and they understand the important role renewable fuels play in fueling our country.”

Miranda Johnson (center), former chapter advisor for Twin Cedars Iowa FFA, poses with her students who helped raise awareness for the benefits of earth-friendly American ethanol at the American Ethanol E15 250 presented by Enogen.

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CHILI CORN BREAD SALAD INGREDIENTS • 1 package (8-1/2 oz.) corn bread/muffin mix • 1 can (4 oz.) chopped green chilies, undrained • 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin • 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano • Pinch rubbed sage • 1 cup mayonnaise • 1 cup (8 oz.) sour cream • 1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix


INSTRUCTIONS • 2 cans (15 oz. ea.) pinto beans, rinsed and drained • 2 cans (15-1/4 oz. ea.) whole kernel corn, drained • 3 medium tomatoes, chopped • 1 cup chopped green pepper • 1 cup chopped green onions • 10 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 400º. Prepare corn bread batter according to package directions. Stir in chilies, cumin, oregano, and sage. Spread in a greased 8-in. square baking pan. Bake at 400° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, sour cream, and dressing mix; set aside. Crumble half of the corn bread into a 13x9-in. dish. Layer with half of the beans, mayonnaise mixture, corn, tomatoes, green pepper, onions, bacon, and cheese. Repeat layers. (Dish will be very full.) Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours. 12 servings


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Austin Dillon Extends His Postseason Streak


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Throwback design a winner Austin Dillon has extended his quest for the ultimate NASCAR® prize to a second consecutive season, qualifying for the Monster Energy Cup Series Playoffs. The playoffs were previously known as The Chase for the Sprint Cup, in which Austin participated for the first time last season. “Growth Energy was thrilled to see Austin Dillon make his second consecutive appearance in the NASCAR postseason,” said Emily Skor, Growth Energy chief executive officer. “This accomplishment is a testament to the work ethic of Austin and the entire

Richard Childress Racing team. We’re proud that one of NASCAR’s young stars represents American Ethanol on and off the track every day. That Austin is able to do that during the playoffs, when the lights are brightest, is truly exciting for all of us.” Dillon automatically qualified for the playoffs with his victory in the Coca-Cola 600. That win—his first career Cup Series victory—marked a significant milestone in his young career. He and 15 other drivers competed for the playoff championship, which was won by Martin Truex, Jr.

Dillon also created a splash at Darlington Raceway’s throwback weekend—always one of the most heavily anticipated events on the NASCAR calendar. This year’s American Ethanol beautiful throwback car paid homage to Dale Earnhardt, Sr.’s first career Southern 500 victory at Darlington in 1987. Both Dillon and the car garnered significant attention, as Dillon finished fourth in the race after a strong performance throughout, and USA Today named Dillon’s paint scheme the best of all the throwbacks.

American Ethanol the Magazine - Issue 5  
American Ethanol the Magazine - Issue 5