2017 National Ethanol Conference

Building Partnerships, Growing Markets

The 2017 National Ethanol Conference: Building Partnerships, Growing Markets provides attendees with an exclusive opportunity to engage key decision makers and industry executives while networking and learning about the latest technologies and government policies.  Our program will feature  government and industry partners working with us to grow the renewable fuels industry.  Speakers will address our successes as well as what more we can do together to develop both domestic and foreign markets, including expanding infrastructure, blends above E10, high octane fuels and exports. More networking and business meetings are conducted at this conference than any other ethanol industry event.  It’s an event you cannot afford to miss!  Click Here for more information.

Networking Opportunities

Build key industry relationships.

International Buyers Program

Participate in this exclusive program for U.S. companies interested in exporting product overseas or expanding sales to new markets. Read More

Government Policies

Learn the latest information on issues affecting the industry to be prepared.

Business Development


Conduct business with high value domestic and international industry customers and clients under one roof.

2017 SPONSORS

Click here for our 2017 Sponsorship Opportunities  

Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Sitting on one of the most spectacular locations along the California coast, the Hilton San Diego Bayfront is a reflection of all the things that make San Diego shine. Click on More Information for additional information about the hotel, room rate and reservation deadline.

1 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 564-3333

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NEC 2017 AGENDA

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Registration >>>

4:00 P - 7:00 P

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Registration >>>

7:00 A - 7:00 P

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Annual Golf Tournament >>>

Sponsored by Eco-Energy. Enjoy beautiful southern California while networking with your fellow industry leaders at the National Ethanol Conference’s Annual Golf Tournament at Maderas Golf Club, a Johnny Miller masterpiece named to Golf Digest’s Top 100 Public Golf Courses in the U.S. for 2015-16.

7:00A - 3:30P

Maderas Golf Club

Networking Day Tour: USS Midway >>>

Prepare yourself for a lifetime memory aboard San Diego’s top attraction.  USS Midway Museum is the #1 Museum in San Diego and named America’s best museum ship in USA Today’s 2016 Readers Choice Awards! You’ll explore a floating city at sea and relive nearly 50 years of world history aboard the longest-serving Navy aircraft carrier […]

9:00A - 3:00 P

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RFA PAC Auction (RFA Members Only) >>>

5:00P – 6:00P

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Welcome Reception >>>

Sponsored by Fagen, Inc.

6:00 P - 7:30 P

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Registration >>>

6:30 A - 6:00 P

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Continental Breakfast >>>

Sponsored by CoBank and Farm Credit Services of America.

7:00 A - 8:00 A

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Welcome Remarks >>>

08:00-08:10A

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State of the Industry Address

08:10-08:45A

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Keynote Address

08:45-09:15A

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Discussion on Future of Fuels Policy

Moving the conversation beyond today’s policy battles, we will foster a frank dialogue among sometimes competing stakeholders in the fuel production and marketing sectors.  Topics for discussion will include the potential for high octane/low carbon fuels, state low carbon fuel programs, electric vehicles, CAFE standards, global climate initiatives, and the regulatory landscape for petroleum and […]

09:15-10:15A

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Morning Refreshment Break>>>

10:15-10:45A

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Paving the Road to a High Octane, Low Carbon Future

Automakers, DOE scientists, and other experts agree that octane is the key to enabling greater efficiency and reduced emissions in the internal combustion engines of the future. This panel will discuss the benefits of high octane low carbon fuels, and examine the hurdles to broad commercialization in the future.

10:45A-12:00P

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Featured Speaker>>>

12:00-12:30P

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Luncheon>>>

12:30-2:00P

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NEC Tech Connect Theater, sponsored by Syngenta – Enogen

02:00-02:30P

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Understanding Gasoline Markets and Ethanol Considerations

The demographics of those that own fuel stations continues to evolve, and those owners have many considerations when making significant changes to fuel offerings. From regulatory hurdles, equipment replacement timelines, financial incentives and long term strategies, the move to higher ethanol blends must fit strategically. This panel will discuss all aspects and explain why some […]

02:15-3:30P

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NEC Tech Connect Theater, sponsored by DuPont Industrial Biosciences

03:00-03:30P

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Afternoon Refreshment Break >>>

3:30-4:00P

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NEC Tech Connect Theater, sponsored by Novozymes

04:00-04:30P

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Global Demand Drivers and Trends Fueling Ethanol Growth >>>

Ethanol exports continue to serve as a valuable and continuously expanding revenue source for the U.S. ethanol industry.  This presentation will provide an in-depth look at the current market trends associated with global trade in ethanol, and the key factors driving the demand for ethanol around the globe, including low-carbon initiatives, octane demand, efforts to […]

4:00-4:30P

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Opportunities for Ethanol Export in Target Markets>>>

In connection with this year’s International Buyer Program, experts from each of the 5 top global markets participating in the program (Brazil, China, India, Mexico, and South Korea) will provide valuable information about each market and outline export opportunities that exist there now and in the near future.  This panel’s experts will provide detailed information […]

04:30-05:30P

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Networking Reception >>>

5:30 P - 7:00 P

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Registration Open >>>

6:30A – 12:00P

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Continental Breakfast >>>

Sponsored by CHS, Inc.

7:00–8:00A

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Keynote Speaker >>>

08:00-08:30A

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Agriculture Working Together to Move Rural America Forward

A free-wheeling conversation about the current state of the farm economy, the policy impact of historic surpluses, and moving past the food versus fuel canard. Can we rebuild relationships with animal agriculture?

08:30-09:30A

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Trends in the Evolution of the Ethanol Industry

Some say grain ethanol is a “mature technology,” but nothing could be further from the truth, as producers continue to innovate and adopt new technologies. Speakers will address the trends and best practices that have resulted in a more efficient and more diverse industry.    

09:30-10:45A

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Refreshment Break >>>

10:45-11:15A

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Navigating the Media Maelstrom >>>

It seems as though ethanol gets far more than its fair share of media coverage—and most of it is negative. Why? How can the industry do a better job getting our message out? In this session, reporters will discuss energy coverage and outline how to give a good interview, conduct local media outreach, use social […]

11:15A-12:00P

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Closing Remarks >>>

12:00P

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International Matchmaking and Networking >>>

U.S. Exporters that have registered for matchmaking under the International Buyer Program will be provided space to hold one-on-one meetings with potential buyers and partners from Brazil, China, India, Mexico, and South Korea. Registration deadline is December 31, 2016.

12:00-5:00 P

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NEC TECH CONNECT THEATER

Even More Solutions for You and Your Executive Team from One Trip to NEC!

We’re excited to announce this new addition to our programming. The NEC Tech Connect Theater will highlight case studies from industry technology providers to demonstrate new and improved solutions to our ethanol producers in today’s marketplace.  For more details or to participate, contact Mary Giglio.

NETWORKING EVENTS

NEC Annual Golf Tournament
NEC Annual Golf Tournament
Spouse & Guest Tour
Spouse & Guest Tour
Networking Day Tour
Networking Day Tour

REGISTRATION

Registration is accepted online only.

Media: The registration fee is waived for full-time (career) journalists working for news outlets such as daily newspapers, magazines and network affiliate news programs.  Click here to complete the form.  Questions can be directed to Rachel Gantz, rgantz@ethanolrfa.org or 202-289-3835.

RFA Membership: Please visit www.ethanolrfa.org  for more information about membership benefits.  Questions can be directed to Robert White.

NEC Insider

Those that registered by Dec. 2, 2016 received a discount on the registration fee and will get an invitation to participate in an exclusive Federal Policy Overview webinar in January, focused on the Trump presidency and the 115th Congress, presented by RFA.

Registration Questions?  Contact necregistration@stonefortgroup.com or call 832-653-4046.

Cancellation PolicyRequests for a registration refund must be submitted via the online Refund Request Form, which is accessible by logging in to the NEC registration site. A service charge of $100 will be applied to all registration refund requests. Refunds will not be granted after January 27, 2017. Substitution requests must be submitted in writing to necregistration@stonefortgroup.com.

GALLERY 2016

Click here to view all the NEC photos from the 2016 NEC in New Orleans, LA.

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