Our disciplined risk management strategy is designed to lock in operating margins by forward contracting the primary commodities involved in or derived from ethanol production: corn, natural gas, ethanol and distillers grains, along with the corn oil extracted prior to the production of distillers grains. We also seek to maintain an environment of continuous operational improvement to increase our efficiency and effectiveness as a low-cost producer of ethanol.


We are the third largest ethanol producer in the world. We currently operate 17 ethanol plants in Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia, with approximately 1.5 billion gallons per year of total ethanol production capacity. At capacity, these plants collectively handle and process 14 million tons of corn and produce over 4.1 million tons of distillers grains annually. LEARN MORE

Distiller Grains

An important co-product of the ethanol production process is distillers grains. Our ethanol production segment has the capacity to produce approximately 1.5 billion gallons per year of ethanol and as a result, we produce co-products such as wet, modified wet or dried distillers grains. LEARN MORE

Corn Oil

We are operating corn oil extraction systems at all of our ethanol plants. The corn oil systems we installed are designed to extract non-edible corn oil from the thin stillage evaporation process immediately prior to production of distillers grains. LEARN MORE

Grain Storage

Green Plains Grain, a wholly owned subsidiary of Green Plains Inc., is a bulk grain storage business. It has 5 facilities across Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas and on-site storage at our ethanol plants. LEARN MORE

Marketing and Distribution

We market ethanol in different geographic locations around the U.S. and have built an in-house, fee based marketing business that provides ethanol marketing services to other producers in the ethanol industry. LEARN MORE


Green Plains Cattle Company is the fourth largest cattle-feeding operation in the United States with total capacity of more than 255,000 head of cattle at facilities in Colorado, Kansas, and Texas. LEARN MORE

Food Ingredients 

Green Plains owns a vinegar operation, Fleischmann's Vinegar, which is one of the world's largest producers of food-grade industrial vinegar and includes seven production facilities and and four distribution warehouses. LEARN MORE 

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