Former California Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado was scheduled to talk to Trump about the job at the president-elect's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

The word comes from incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer after Trump was to interview Elsa Murano, the ex-USDA official and former president of Texas A&M University.

Spicer did not say when Trump planned to announce his choice.

With the presidential campaign getting all the attention this year, it may have gone relatively unnoticed that 2016 was a very good year for the ethanol industry. Actually, Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Bob Dinneen says it was a “terrific” year – with record production, record demand and record exports of distillers feed.

Dinneen says the highlight of the year came just before Thanksgiving when the EPA “finally put the Renewable Fuel Standard back on track” by increasing 2017 volume levels for corn ethanol to 15 billion gallons.