New administrator to take the reins at Nebraska Ethanol Board beginning January 2022

Nebraska Ethanol Board (NEB) today announced the hiring of Reid Wagner as administrator of the agency. Wagner will join NEB on Jan. 3, 2022, and he replaces Roger Berry, whose last day will be Dec. 10, 2021.

Jan tenBensel, NEB chairman, commented on Berry’s departure and Wagner’s upcoming start: “Roger is a tremendous asset to the Nebraska ethanol industry, and we all benefited from his guidance and passion for agriculture and biofuels. He’s a great friend who will be missed. We look forward to Reid coming on board with our team, and we know his background and knowledge will take us, and the ethanol plants we work on behalf of, to new heights as the future of the biofuels industry evolves.”

Roger Berry

Wagner graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he earned his degree in chemical engineering. His professional experience thus far has led to positions at Evonik as a process engineer; ExxonMobil as a process design engineer; and Cargill as a production management engineering team member in the starches and sweeteners sector.

“I am thrilled to join a strong, cohesive team in the Nebraska Ethanol Board and to use my diverse engineering background to foster growth and support innovation of an industry that is vital to my home state,” Wagner said.

Reid Wagner

The Nebraska Ethanol Board works to ensure strong public policy and consumer support for biofuels. Since 1971, the independent state agency has designed and managed programs to expand production, market access, worker safety and technology innovation, including recruitment of producers interested in developing conventional ethanol, as well as bio-products from the ethanol platform. For more information, visit