Tennessee Agriculture Commissioner Visits Green Plains Obion

On Tues., July 14, Julius Johnson, Tennessee Agriculture Commissioner, visited our Green Plains Obion ethanol plant, located in Rives, Tenn., with Asst. Commissioners Carol Coley McDonald and Ed Harlan, State Rep. Bill Sanderson and Matt Fennel of the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation. Our visit with the group started with a Company overview by our very own Steve Bleyl, Executive Vice President of Ethanol Marketing, then expanded to an industry-wide discussion on ethanol and how it has positively impacted the agricultural landscape in the state of Tennessee.

Commissioner Johnson was very receptive to our message and shared his appreciation for the opportunities Green Plains brings to the Tennessee economy by presenting members of our Green Plains team with an award stating, “Thank you for putting your capital to work in Tennessee.”

While the heat index was well over 100 degrees, the group braved the humidity to go on a tour with Plant Manager, Scott McClellan. During the tour, the Commissioner had the unique experience of being able to walk into the nearly complete grain storage facility.

Commissioner Johnson proved to be a strong advocate for our industry. He looks forward to the future of Green Plains Inc. and recognizes the work our employees do for local Tennessee agriculture. We appreciate the Commissioner and his guests sharing so much of their day with us and look forward to their partnership in the future.


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