Nebraska's ethanol industry is worth $5 billion a year, study finds - Omaha World-Herald

April 15, 2015

Article by Russell Hubbard - April 14, 2015

The Nebraska ethanol industry had an economic impact of about $5 billion last year, according to the first research on the topic to include the effect of the motor fuel’s valuable byproducts.

The report also said the industry is employing 1,300 people at an average wage that is 21 percent higher than the state’s average manufacturing wage.

“Economic Impacts of the Ethanol Industry in Nebraska” was prepared by the University of Nebraska’s Department of Agricultural Economics and the school’s Bureau for Business Research. It is scheduled to be formally released today at a press conference at the university.

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Proposed Pacific free-trade agreement gets mostly thumbs-up in Nebraska, Iowa - Omaha World Herald

March 30, 2015

Article by Russell Hubbard - March 30, 2015

CENTRAL CITY, Neb. — The vista from high up in the cattle feed conveyor line at the Green Plains Inc. ethanol plant pretty much says it all when it comes to the state’s agricultural export economy:

A long line of hopper trucks filled with corn. A high-tech ethanol plant that turns it into motor fuel. And livestock in the near distance that might soon end up as table beef in an Asian supermarket.

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Young tours Green Plains Inc. - KMA News

March 30, 2015

Article by Brent Barnett - March 30, 2015

(Shenandoah) -- Iowa 3rd District Congressman David Young made a stop in Shenandoah Monday morning as part of a tour through southwest Iowa.

Young toured the facility at Green Plains Inc. to observe the daily operations of ethanol production. Young tells KMA News the Shenandoah plant is a top notch facility.

"It's run by Iowans so of course it's going to be top notch," Young said.

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National Ag Week: Ricketts blasts 'big government' in ethanol push - Omaha World Herald

March 17, 2015

Article by Russell Hubbard - March 17, 2014

Gov. Pete Ricketts Monday lambasted the Environmental Protection Agency for delaying regulations that would benefit Nebraska’s ethanol industry, which he called a key to the state’s agribusiness economy.

“It is a typical example of big government that doesn’t get it,” Ricketts said during a meeting at Omaha’s Green Plains Inc., the nation’s fourth-largest ethanol producer and one of the first stops as he toured the state to kick off National Ag Week.

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