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RFA Welcomes Chief Ethanol as Newest Producer Member

September 14, 2023

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The Renewable Fuels Association is proud to welcome its newest producer member, Chief Ethanol, a long-standing leader in Nebraska’s ethanol community. Chief Ethanol’s biorefinery in Hastings, Neb., is that state’s first dry-mill ethanol plant, in production since 1985. Since 2016, Chief has also operated a biorefinery in Lexington, Neb., and the two facilities have a combined production capacity of over 120 million gallons of renewable fuel annually.


“RFA is excited to officially welcome Chief Ethanol to our membership, and we look forward to working closely with them as our industry embarks on an exciting new chapter for low-carbon renewable fuels,” said RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper. “Chief Ethanol is one of the industry’s true pioneers, and they helped blaze the trail for today’s ethanol industry. The company is an excellent example of the constant innovation, evolution, and continuous improvement that has occurred across the renewable fuel sector over the past several decades.”


Chief Ethanol’s General Manager, Wayne Garrett, now represents the company on the RFA board of directors. “Chief Ethanol is thrilled to align with the Renewable Fuels Association and collaborate on initiatives aimed at expanding the availability of higher blends of ethanol in the market,” Garrett said. “The Renewable Fuels Association is truly authentic and is playing a pivotal role in accelerating the growth of the sustainable renewable fuels and bioproducts industry. As a leader in the ethanol industry, Chief firmly believes that RFA’s dedication to advocacy, research, and innovation is the driving force behind the industry's success. With our mutual unwavering commitment, we are not just creating cleaner and more sustainable energy solutions; we are shaping a brighter, greener future for generations to come.”


Click here for more information on the value of an RFA membership and click here for a list of current members. All RFA producer members have voting rights on the RFA Board of Directors, which develops the association’s policies and priorities. Members also participate in industry events and networking opportunities; receive routine updates on legislative, market development, membership, education and outreach, technical and research, and communications issues; and inclusion in the member directories. They also can participate in RFA’s member-run committees and provide input on RFA policy, activities, and priorities.



This week, RFA's first-ever Flex Fuel PHEV Ford Escape was on show at Chief Ethanol's display at the Husker Harvest Days farm show near Grand Island, Neb.