Wild Game Feed in Central City!

Recently, the employees at the Central City ethanol plant held their first ever “Wild Game Feed.”  Employees were encouraged to sign up and bring a dish made of wild game as well as side dishes for the event.  The event was enjoyed by everyone who attended and employees have already began talking about what they can bring to the next feed!

Some of the dishes included pheasant bites with mushrooms, deer roast, deer sausage, turtle gumbo, deer chili, apple jelly duck kabobs, fried crappie, deer snack sticks and deer heart. Yes, you read that correctly - Turtle Gumbo! Check out the recipe below, as well as the recipe for Perfect Pheasant.

Turtle Gumbo

  • 1 box Zatarains Gumbo Soup Mix (includes rice)
  • 1 bag shredded cabbage
  • 2 cups Andouille Sausage
  • 2 cups Deboned turtle
  • 2 tsp Filé
  • ½ chopped seeded Jalapeno
  • 1 c wine (optional)
  • Chicken broth (optional)

Following instructions on the Zatarains box, simmer soup until rice is tender.  Add cabbage until tender.  Add rest of meat, Filé, and jalapeno (could add Cajun seasonings as well).  Let simmer another 30 minutes or so.  You could add chicken broth or wine to adjust the thickness of the soup.

Recipe provided by Gary Bialas

Perfect Pheasant

  • 2 pheasants, meat cut from bones and in bite size pieces
  • ¼ c flour, seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 4 Tbsp oil
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup Sauterne or dry white wine
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 small can chopped mushrooms
  • 1 small can sliced black olives
  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth

Dredge pheasant meat in seasoned flour, shake off excess flour.  Saute in shortening and butter.  Remove pheasant to slow cooker or roasting pan.  Marsh garlic clove in skillet juices, add onion, Sauterne, sugar, mushrooms, olives and broth.  Heat to bubbling and simmer five minutes.  Pour over pheasant.  Heat in slow cook/crock pot on low for 6-8 hours or in covered roasting pan at 325 degrees for at least 1 ½ hours.  Serve with wild rice or white rice.

Serves 6.

Recipe provided by Dwayne Braun

Employee Spotlight: Nathan Lakers

Name: Nathan Lakers

Title: Senior Merchandiser

Location: Central City, Ord & Otter Tail

Education: BS of Science in Business Administration; Majored in Finance, Banking and Investment Science from University of Nebraska at Omaha

Hometown: Gretna, NE

How long have you been with Green Plains? I was originally hired on as the Feed Merchandiser for the Fergus Falls facility in March 2011.

Describe what you do with Green Plains? I am currently responsible for the sale and coordination of distillers out of the Central City, Ord and Otter Tail facilities. The main focus is inventory management, which is a balancing act between optimizing the value to the plant while keeping inventories at controllable levels. This includes price discovery, arbitrating logistics, etc.

What did you do prior to Green Plains? I worked for a middle market M&A firm that deals with companies in the ag, food and renewable fuels industries as an analyst.

What made you take a look at Green Plains? With my past experience, we had a lot of focus on companies in the ethanol industry. In the M&A world, the ethanol industry is seen as a place for a lot of consolidation potential. So it was really a timing thing. Green Plains has a great reputation in the industry for innovation and financial stability so it was a clear choice for me when searching for a career.

Is this what you excepted to do with your background/education? With a BS in Banking, Finance and Investments, I wasn’t expecting to be in the marketing field, but I am more than happy in this career. The trade world fits my personality well and is definitely a place I want to stay.

What’s your favorite thing about your job? My favorite thing about trading distillers is the fast-paced work environment. Every day poses multiple new opportunities to address!

Favorite thing about Green Plains? I love how well we have performed in comparison to the competition. Green Plains is a company I am proud to be a part of.

How important do you think the role of ethanol is in our future? It has proven that it can substantially reduce our dependence on foreign oil while keeping U.S. dollars and jobs at home. I think it will continue to have a big role in our future.

How important is ethanol to our small rural communities? Ethanol has done great things to rural communities all around the Corn Belt. From the people who work directly for the plant to the trucking companies that haul corn in and feed out, the job creation is HUGE!

What makes you excited to get up in the morning? Closing a deal! I am always searching for new venues and buyers to create relationships with.

What is one of your long-term goals? A long-term goal of mine would be to continue a career in trading as well as furthering my education. I would like to look into an EMBA program in Agribusiness that can fit around my work schedule.

When you’re not working, what do you like to do for fun? I am a big golfer and hunter. I, of course, don’t get to do either as much as I would like.

Advice or words of wisdom for people who may be interested in a future with Green Plains? Green Plains gives employees personal fulfillment. It’s good to be part of a team with good communication and collaboration to get the job done right.

Senator Harkin and Congressman Boswell Visit Shenandoah

This afternoon, Iowa Senator Tom Harkin and Congressman Leonard Boswell of Iowa's 3rd district stopped by the BioProcess Algae Phase III  project at our Shenandoah, Iowa facility.

Our Phase III project is close to completion. Construction of the reactors on three of the five acres is complete and the facilites were inoculated with algae in October.

Pictured below from left to right: Thiru Viswanathan of BioProcess Algae, Senator Harkin and Congressman Boswell. 

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BioProcess Algae: Biofuels Digest's 5-Minute Guide

From Biofuels Digest - Oct. 23, 2012


45 High Point Avenue, Portsmouth, RI 02871

Year Founded:


Company description:

BioProcess Algae produces low-cost, high-quality algae feedstocks for a variety of downstream markets including food, feeds and fuels. BioProcess is based in Portsmouth, RI and is currently running a demonstration facility at the Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc. ethanol plant in Shenandoah, Iowa. Grower Harvester™ bioreactors have been tied directly into the plant’s CO2 exhaust gas since October 2009. Initial co-location strategy has focused on bridging First Generation biofuels to Next Generation biofuels and bioproducts.

Major Investors • Green Plains Renewable Energy (NASDAQ:GPRE) • CLARCOR (NYSE:CLC) • BioProcess H20

3 Top Milestones for 2009‐12

  1. Commercial supply agreement for EPA-rich Omega-3 oils with KD-Pharma for use in concentrated EPA products for nutritional and/or pharmaceutical applications. June 2012
  2. Groundbreaking on Five Acre Production Facility (Phase III) at Green Plains in Shenandoah, Iowa following the unveiling of commercial scale bioreactors (Phase II) less than a year prior in April 2011.
  3. Successful algae-based poultry feed trails complete. Algae strains produced for feed trials demonstrated high energy and protein content that were readily available, similar to other high value feed products used in the feeding of poultry today.

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A Close-up of a BioProcess Algae Grower Harvester Bioreactor. 

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