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Energy Pioneer to Discuss Ethanol's Future & Impact on State April 12

Bruce Rastetter, founder and chief executive officer of Iowa Falls-based ethanol producer Hawkeye Renewables, will discuss the growth of his company and the future for ethanol and renewable fuels in a lecture at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 12, at the University of Iowa.

Rastetter's lecture, in the Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union, is sponsored by the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) and Iowa State Bank & Trust Company (ISB&T). Admission is free and open to the public.

Hawkeye Renewables produces 180 million gallons of ethanol annually, making it the largest ethanol producer in Iowa and third largest in the United States in just four years. Rastetter also founded Heartland Pork Enterprises in 1994 and was its president and CEO until 2004. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa in 1978.

Rastetter's lecture is part of an annual lecture series cosponsored by JPEC and ISB&T to promote entrepreneurship and economic development in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids area.

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