USGC Welcomes New Member Western Plains Energy, LLC

Western Plains Energy

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is pleased to welcome Western Plains Energy, LLC as a new member.

Western Plains Energy, LLC is an agricultural-based, renewable energy production company that focuses on profit, people, partners and productivity.

Formed on July 10, 2001 and located in Oakley, Kansas, this fuel-ethanol facility was originally created to improve the value of local grain. Western Plains Energy utilizes both corn and grain sorghum to produce approximately 50 million gallons of fuel-grade ethanol per year.

USGC Promotes Sanchez To South & Southeast Asia Region Director

Manuel Sanchez

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) named Manuel Sanchez as its new South & Southeast Asia regional director, effective Aug. 15.

Sanchez previously worked as the assistant director in the region,  a new position created by the USGC Board of Directors in September 2016 as part of an effort to more effectively serve these growing markets for U.S. feed grains and co-products. 

Building An Ethanol Market At Home and Abroad: USGC Recognizes Craig Floss For 20 Years Of Service

His state had no farmer-owned ethanol plants in operation when Craig Floss first joined Iowa Corn as its new chief executive officer. This week, as the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) recognizes Floss for 20 years of service, Iowa is the top ethanol producing state, and Floss’s attention has turned to helping build demand for U.S. ethanol exports around the world.

After 20 Years Of Service, Richardson Recalls South Dakota’s Rise As Warehouse Of The World

South Dakota refers to itself as the “warehouse of the world” for U.S. corn, and Lisa Richardson, executive director of the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council, whom the Council recently recognized for 20 years of service, wants the international market to know it is open for business.

“We are the warehouse of the world,” Richardson said. “In other words, the last markets to move are us. So we have a lot of storage capacity in the state, and we are building substantially more. When there is a huge carryover in corn, a lot of that resides in our state.”

Future Focus Drives Brunkhorst’s Work On Trade As USGC Recognizes Him For 15 Years of Service

Whether it is the next international market opportunity or the next generation of agricultural leaders, Kelly Brunkhorst, executive director of the Nebraska Corn Board, is focused on the future. And after representing his state at the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) for 15 years, his outlook for both is bright.

“When I started as staff, my interaction with the Council was a cooperative partnership and seeing the various programs they undertook,” Brunkhorst said. “And I see that partnership as extending the farmers’ reach from their first purchaser into the world market.”

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