Growth Energy and New Holland announce sweepstakes winner

By Growth Energy | October 29, 2014

Growth Energy and New Holland Agriculture officially announced Robert Baker of Sue City, Missouri, as the 2014 Growth Energy Individual Membership Sweepstakes winner. Baker was presented with a prize of 200 hours of usage of a CR8090 combine with a New Holland Twin Rotor CR8090 combine corn head for the 2014 harvest season.

“I am very excited, and I have a son and grandson that are more excited than me because they get to run [the combine],” Baker said.

“We are proud to support a farmer who works so hard every day to grow crops to help feed the world and fuel our nation,” said Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis. “Our members are working hard to revitalize our rural economies, create new jobs and ensure our nation will have a sustainable and secure energy future. This sweepstakes was part of a larger effort to continue to build grassroots support for biofuels across the country. Our growing grassroots advocates, such as Mr. Baker, help promote our industry and ensure that lawmakers in Washington understand the important role the RFS and biofuels play across America’s heartland. ”

Baker is a farmer who has invested in the Macon, Missouri, Poet Biorefining plant, and regularly provides feedstock. The 14-year-old plant gained national coverage in 2010 when President Obama visited to learn more about ethanol production and gave a speech discussing the ability of ethanol to “contribute to our clean energy future.”

“The economic impact of the ethanol industry here in Missouri is undeniable and what we do here at Poet goes far beyond the production process,” said Steve Murphy, general manager at Poet Biorefining – Macon. “As the first ethanol plant in the state of Missouri, we are proud of the added value our facility brings to producers and this community. However, we wouldn’t be able to offer consumers cheaper and cleaner choices at the pump if it weren’t for producers like Robert. All of us at Poet Biorefining – Macon sincerely thank Robert for his continued support and extend him our congratulations.” 

The Growth Energy Individual Membership Sweepstakes offered all new or renewing individual members a chance to win either a NASCAR ticket package or usage of a New Holland combine. The total prize package for the combine is valued at $35,584.