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American Coalition for Ethanol Annouces Plans for Annual Ethanol Conference, Registration Opens

Date Posted: April 20, 2007

Sioux Falls, SD -- The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), the nationís largest ethanol advocacy association, is pleased to announce the agenda for its upcoming Ethanol Conference & Trade Show to be held this summer in Minnesota.

The 2007 Ethanol Conference, the organizationís 20th annual, will take place August 7-9 at the River Centre in St. Paul, Minnesota.In anticipation of record attendance for the organizationís 20th anniversary event, ethanol industry leaders and key public policy figures including Congressman Collin Peterson (D-MN), Senator John Thune (R-SD), and Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, have been invited to discuss the growing role that biofuels are playing in our nationís economic development and energy security strategy.

The conference kicks off Tuesday, August 7 with the annual ACE Scholarship Golf Classic and the grand opening of the trade show. Wednesday morning opens with breakout sessions on maximizing value and use of distillers grain, overcoming obstacles to cellulosic ethanol, managing risk for ethanol producers, service station needs for adding ethanol, training the ethanol workforce and more.

The Wednesday afternoon general session features keynote policy addresses, a Farm Bill forum, a discussion of ethanolís role as a global warming solution, a panel discussion on how and when cellulosic ethanol will be commercialized, and a look at ethanolís role as the fuel of the IndyCarģ Series.

Thursday, August 9 concludes the conference with these timely topics: distillers grainís growth from by-product to co-product, a look at how Brazil utilizes E25 blends, a panel exploring technology innovations in ethanol, and other players in alternative fuels.

The conference, which is hosted in a different Midwestern city each year, is expected to be ACEís largest event.

Nearly 1600 people attended last yearís conference in Kansas City, up from 1000 the previous year, and an even larger record crowd is anticipated this year due to the larger venue and the continually increasing interest in ethanol.

A sold-out trade show will provide attendees the opportunity to network with 191 companies filling more than 230 exhibit spaces, ACEís largest show to date.

Early sign-up is strongly encouraged due to the tremendous interest expected in the conference.

Conference registration has opened online at Visit the ďConference & Trade ShowĒ menu heading for an easy-to-use online registration form.

Now in its twentieth year, ACEís membership has grown to nearly 2,000 ethanol supporters, including ethanol producers, goods and services suppliers, the ag community, rural electric cooperatives, farmers, investors, and other individuals supporting the advancement of ethanol. ACE has recently unveiled a newly redesigned website,, and a new logo, seen above.

For more information, call ACE at 605-334-3381.

Note to editors: If appropriate, please place this conference on the Events Calendar in your publication.

Media credentials: Media wishing to attend the conference should contact Kristin Brekke at to secure credentials for the event.

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