Brian Jennings, Executive Vice President of the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), issued the following statement on Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s hearing before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee today to consider his nomination to be the U.S. Ambassador to China:
“We want to express to the Foreign Relations Committee our strong support of the nomination of Terry Branstad. Giving his longstanding relationship with the President of China and the Chinese people, we’re confident that as Ambassador of China, Governor Branstad will emphasize the need for the two countries to have a strong trade relationship.
“China has been a top export destination for U.S. ethanol and distillers dried grains, and we look forward to what Branstad can accomplish with China and its people to further develop this marketplace. Export demand for ethanol is critically important to our industry, especially as we try to remove barriers constraining ethanol use here at home.”