Ag vet jumps to biofuels group

Source: Marc Heller, E&E News reporter • Posted: Thursday, January 4, 2018

Jessica Bennett, a veteran of agriculture policy in Washington, has joined the Renewable Fuels Association as vice president of external affairs, the organization announced.

Bennett was previously director of renewable fuels for the National Corn Growers Association, and she’s been involved in the agriculture industry for more than 15 years.

In her new position, Bennett will focus on building stakeholder support through policy and messaging, the RFA said in a news release.

Among the group’s priorities are protecting the renewable fuel standard, which mandates biofuel volumes, and promoting the increased sale of higher-ethanol fuel such as E15.

“Jessica brings a wealth of knowledge about agriculture and public policy to RFA,” said RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen in a statement. “She will be a tremendous asset both to our organization and the entire industry as we continue to pursue legislative and regulatory efforts to grow ethanol domestically and around the globe.”

In addition to her other duties, Bennett will assist as needed with advocacy on Capitol Hill and in federal agencies, and will provide strategic counsel on internal and external communications, the organization said.

Before her most recent stint with the NCGA, Bennett was a lobbyist at Bunge North America Inc., serving its oilseed processing, oils and biofuels business units.

Previously, she held positions at Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. and the American Farm Bureau Federation, the NCGA said. She’s a graduate of Arkansas State University.

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