Nebraska Ethanol Board Feb. 28th board meeting to be held in Lincoln

The Nebraska Ethanol Board will meet in Lincoln at 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 28. The meeting will be at Cornhusker Marriott (333 S. 13th St) in event room Yankee Hill 2. The agenda is as follows:

  1. Call Meeting to Order
  2. Approval of Agenda
  3. Approval of Dec. 9, 2021, Board Meeting Minutes
  4. Public Opportunity for Questions, Comments or Concerns
  5. Budget Report
  6. Fuel Retailer Update
  7. Nebraska Corn Board Update
  8. Renewable Fuels Nebraska Update
  9. Technical & Research Updates
  10. Marketing Programs
  11. Dues & Memberships
  12. Funding Requests
  13. Process Control Essentials & Process Hazard Analysis Training Updates
  14. NEB-hosted Conferences & Events
  15. Working Lunch
  16. State and Federal Legislation
  17. Ethanol Plant Reports
  18. Chair’s Report
  19. Administrator’s Report
  20. Travel Reports and Authorization
  21. Personnel
  22. Executive Session
  23. Next Meeting Date
  24. Adjourn

This agenda contains all items to come before the Board except those items of an emergency nature.

Nebraska Ethanol Board meetings are open to the public and also published on the public calendar.

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 www.ethanol.nebraska.gov

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Ethanol Forum Invites National Speakers To Highlight Emerging Tech And Policies

LINCOLN, Nebraska — Biofuels’ stakeholders and experts from across the nation will join the annual Ethanol: Emerging Issues Forum March 23-24 in La Vista, Nebraska, to explore cutting-edge innovations and tangible solutions being implemented by biofuels’ leaders, the agricultural sector, and political partners taking a clean-fuel approach to climate action and industry growth. 

The Nebraska Ethanol Board and Renewable Fuels Nebraska organize the forum, which is in its 16th year. It brings together ethanol producers and others integrally involved in production, technology, policymaking and marketing of biofuels and its co-products.

We are covering a lot of exciting topics, including: 

  • Ethanol’s role in environmental health & justice 
  • Farming CI accounting & sustainability
  • Industry policy forecast
  • Carbon Capture & Sequestration, Sustainable Aviation Fuel, and other renewable chemicals
  • Innovative uses for ethanol and its co-products
  • Retailer market growth and more! 

Registration and a detailed agenda are available at https://bit.ly/EIF2022. College and university students are welcome to attend at no cost. Early-bird registration closes Feb. 24.

The Ethanol: Emerging Issues Forum is presented by the Nebraska Ethanol Board and Renewable Fuels Nebraska with a range of local and national sponsors. Signature sponsors include Bio Nebraska, CoBank, Husch Blackwell, Kutak Rock, NAQS, Nebraska Corn Board, and Navigator Ventures, LLC. Supporting sponsors include American Coalition for Ethanol, CTE Global, Inc., Fluid Quip Technologies, Pacha Soap Co., Renewable Fuels Association, and USDA Rural Development. If you are interested in sponsoring this event, contact Amber.Rucker@nebraska.gov.

Fuel Stations and drivers raise $10K for Buffett Cancer center

LINCOLN, Nebraska – In the past four years, fuel retailers across Nebraska have joined forces to raise nearly $30,000 for cancer research as part of “Fuel the Cure.” During October, when drivers chose higher blends of ethanol fuel like E15, E30 and E85 at participating retail locations, gas stations donated 3 cents for each gallon sold toward cancer research. This year, the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center in Omaha received $10,827.61.

“Donations to cancer research truly make a difference,” said Jenn Klein, a wife, mother, and breast cancer survivor. “I’m thankful funding was available to discover treatment before I needed it, or I might not be here today.” 

When Klein was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 32, her cancer cells were growing and dividing at a rate of about 80%. Treatment was needed immediately. A funded researcher discovered two of the four chemotherapy treatments she underwent.

Jenn Klein celebrates over five years free of breast cancer at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Lincoln this past summer. Klein wouldn’t be alive today if it wasn’t for donations to cancer research. Researchers are the ones who discovered two of the four chemotherapy treatments she underwent.

While biofuels and cancer research may seem like an unlikely pairing, it is a known fact that using more biofuels leads to less air pollution. According to the American Lung Association, up to 70% of ground-level ozone-forming pollutants come from mobile-source emissions such as our cars.

Some chemicals in gasoline are the same carcinogens found in tobacco, which are linked to cancer. Higher blends of biofuels dilute the toxicity and help reduce cancer-causing aromatics released from tailpipe emissions. Ethanol-blended fuels also reduce greenhouse gases by nearly 50%.

“Ethanol producers and sellers have been the biggest proponents of providing an environmentally friendlier way to power our vehicles for many years,” said Jessica Sodeke, program manager for the Nebraska Ethanol Board. “We commend these retailers for making higher ethanol blends available and giving consumers a choice in the effort to reduce greenhouse gas pollution. Supporting ‘Fuel the Cure’ is a step beyond because the funds are directly impacting lives of patients at the Buffett Cancer Center.”

Drivers who choose ethanol at the pump often see a price break, and their use of ethanol supports Nebraska’s rural communities and the entire Nebraska economy. To find a location near you, visit fueledbynebraska.com.

“Fueling up with higher blends of ethanol, like E15, E30 and E85, is one of the easiest ways consumers can reduce their carbon footprint and create a healthier environment for everyone,” Sodeke said.

E15, also called Unleaded88, is approved for use in passenger vehicles 2001 and newer. Nebraska has approximately 200,000 registered flex fuel vehicles, which can run on any blend of ethanol up to E85 (85% ethanol and 15% gasoline). Drivers can check their owner’s manual to see if they’re driving a flex fuel vehicle. The vehicle might also have a flex fuel badge on the trunk or tailgate — or a yellow gas cap.

Nebraska ethanol organizations are already preparing for Fuel the Cure 2022 and would encourage Nebraska fuel retailers who sell higher ethanol blends to reach out to Jessica Sodeke, Nebraska Ethanol Board program manager, at Jessica.sodeke@nebraska.gov for more information about participating. Donations are also accepted from others interested in supporting this cause, including cancer organizations and ethanol facilities. Please reach out to Sodeke if you are interested in joining the team.

The Nebraska Corn Board, Nebraska Ethanol Board, and Renewable Fuels Nebraska sponsor “Fuel the Cure” in conjunction with retail stations. To see the full list of stations that donated funds, visit www.fueledbynebraska.com/pink.

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 www.ethanol.nebraska.gov.

Nebraska Ethanol Board Dec. 9th Board Meeting to be held in Lincoln

The Nebraska Ethanol Board will meet in Lincoln at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 9. The meeting will be at Hyatt Place (600 Q Street). The agenda is as follows:

  1. Call Meeting to Order
  2. Approval of Agenda
  3. Approval of Sept. 1, 2021, Board Meeting Minutes
  4. Public Opportunity for Questions, Comments or Concerns
  5. Budget Report
  6. Fuel Retailer Update
  7. Nebraska Corn Board Update
  8. Renewable Fuels Nebraska Update
  9. Marketing Programs
  10. Dues & Memberships
  11. Funding Requests
  12. NEB-hosted Conferences & Events
  13. Working Lunch
  14. State and Federal Legislation
  15. Ethanol Plant Reports
  16. Chair’s Report
  17. Administrator’s Report
  18. Travel Reports and Authorization
  19. Personnel
  20. Executive Session
  21. Election of Board Officers for 2022
  22. Next Meeting Date
  23. Adjourn

This agenda contains all items to come before the Board except those items of an emergency nature.

Nebraska Ethanol Board meetings are open to the public and also published on the public calendar.

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 www.ethanol.nebraska.gov

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