Green Plains Grain
We operate our agribusiness segment primarily through our wholly owned subsidiary, Green Plains Grain Company LLC, which is a bulk grain storage business.
We buy bulk grain, primarily corn and soybeans, from area producers and provide grain drying and storage services to those producers. The grain is then sold to grain processing companies and area livestock producers. We have grain storage capacity of approximately 46 million bushels including the on-site storage capacity at our 13 ethanol plants. These bulk grain commodities are readily traded on commodity exchanges and inventory values are affected by market changes and spreads. To attempt to reduce risk due to market fluctuations as well as from purchase and sale commitments, we enter into exchange-traded futures and options contracts designed to serve as economic hedges.