RFA Young Professionals Network

Sponsored by Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits

The Renewable Fuels Association’s Young Professionals Network (YPN) was formed in July 2020 and is dedicated to bringing together innovative and dedicated young professionals from across the U.S. ethanol industry. The YPN is a community of young leaders with a common goal to advance their respective businesses forward, build new relationships, and work with one another to identify new opportunities that grow and strengthen the renewable fuels industry.

The YPN hosts events year-round that are exclusively for YPN members and focus on networking, leadership, improving operations, and finding new and innovative approaches to building the market for ethanol.

Want to learn more? Attend an upcoming event or email jpohlman@ethanolrfa.org for more information.

We’re currently in the process of gathering speakers for upcoming webinars that will feature industry leaders and subject matter experts. If your company is interested in contributing to the professional development of the YPN, please contact Jackie Pohlman to learn more.

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Membership is open to any young professional who is 39 years old or younger and employed by a company in the U.S. ethanol industry or stakeholder industries. Members should also be interested in RFA’s mission to drive demand for American-made renewable fuels and bioproducts worldwide.

Membership is free and applications are being accepted on a rolling basis. Members are required to participate in at least one engagement (event, webinar, etc.) per year to maintain their membership status.

To start the process, interested individuals should complete the following online application: RFA Young Professionals Network Application

Calendar of Events

Upcoming Events

February Virtual Networking Event: Zoom “Meet & Greets”

RFA’s Young Professionals Network will host a series of Zoom-based “Meet & Greets” to provide an opportunity for all 95+ members to meet other YPN members and discuss dynamic industry topics.

February 23, February 24, February 25, February 26 | 2-3 PM CST


March Webinar

Ethanol Industry National Policy Update

March 16, 2021 | 2 PM CST

Sponsored by: Commonwealth Agri-Energy, LLC


Past Events

Zoom “Meet & Greets”

RFA’s Young Professionals Network will host a series of Zoom-based “Meet & Greets” to provide an opportunity for all 70+ members to  introduce themselves and meet other YPN members. The Meet & Greets will be broken up into five sessions that will take place over the month of October and will be limited to fifteen YPN members in order to allow for enough time for each YPN member to introduce themselves.

October 13, October 15, October 20, October 22, October 28 | 2-3 PM CST

November Webinar

Installing & Selling Higher Ethanol Blends

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 | 2 PM CST

Sponsored by: KAAPA Ethanol Commodities, LLC