Nebraska governor delivers keynote at ACE Annual Conference

By Lisa Gibson | August 16, 2017

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts told the audience at the American Coalition for Ethanol Annual Conference, “You could not have picked a better place for your conference.”

Ricketts delivered the keynote address to the conference Aug. 16 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in downtown Omaha. He reminded attendees that Nebraska is the second largest producer of ethanol in the U.S. “Ethanol is a big part of value-added agriculture in Nebraska,” he said, adding it creates jobs in rural areas.

“The future for ethanol in this country and around the world is very, very bright,” Ricketts said, listing three main reasons: innovation, environmental concerns, international expansion opportunities and a federal government that is talking about ethanol. “Ethanol is one of the key ways we can help make sure we have a clean environment,” he said.

Ricketts praised the ethanol industry on its work, encouraged strong policy support and made multiple mentions of ethanol’s importance in his state.

“Ethanol is a big deal. It’s important for our country, it’s important for our environment and it’s important for Nebraska.”