Leaders in agribusiness, agricultural and bio-renewable research and development, education and the ethanol industry throughout the Midwest announced the formal organization of the American Ag & Energy Council. AAEC, based in Des Moines, Iowa, is a coalition formed and devoted to promoting the common link between all sectors of agriculture, agribusiness and the renewable industry. A major focus of the coalition will be to bring these various segments of the ag sector together and educate the American public on the positive narrative being created throughout rural America that blends together the strengths across the various segments of the ag sector.
Wendy Wintersteen, dean of the Iowa State University College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, serves as a co-chair for the coalition. Wintersteen said, "The Midwest has a rich history of being pioneers in agricultural production and research. And now throughout the heartland, there are many pioneers in agriculture and bio-renewables that are changing the world for the better."
Wintersteen continued, AAEC "was formed to ensure the American public understands and takes pride in the resources and technological advancements the ag industry has made to benefit America and the world."
Co-chair Robert Easter, dean of the University of Illinois College of Agriculture, said, "AAEC is made up of concerned educators, entrepreneurs and leaders in the agriculture industry who believe in promoting all the good the industry does through education and sound, research-based public policy."