Nebraska Ethanol Producers association announces new director

By Association of Nebraska Ethanol Producers | November 11, 2015

LINCOLN, NEBRASKA – The Association of Nebraska Ethanol Producers (ANEEP) announced Mark Palmer will become its new executive director beginning Jan. 1. Palmer comes to Nebraska from the Washington, D.C., office of Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin. In addition to his work as a senior policy advisor to Durbin, Palmer has worked to promote biofuels for the National Corn Growers Association, the American Soybean Association, and as the Director of Office of External Affairs for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“We are very excited to have someone like Mark who combines Midwestern roots with deep policy knowledge set to lead ANEEP,” said ANEEP President Ted Free. “Representing the second largest ethanol producing state, ANEEP is poised to expand and grow its voice in state, regional and national discussions on the future of renewable fuels. We are confident that Mark is the right person to lead ANEEP through this period.”

Palmer added, “I am looking forward to working with ANEEP’s board to grow the association and its activities. Ethanol is important to Nebraska and Nebraska is important to the ethanol industry. I hope to build on the solid work of ANEEP to promote the production and use of ethanol in Nebraska and around the country.”

ANEEP, founded in 2008, previously announced a reorganization whereby its staff and management would be brought in-house. From its founding through the end of 2015, the management and operations of ANEEP have been outsourced to Schmit Industries and current executive director Loran Schmit.

“ANEEP will always be indebted to Loran Schmit for everything he’s done to promote ethanol over many decades,” stated Free. “Loran provided a steady hand of leadership for ANEEP from day one, and his work for ethanol goes back much further – to the very beginning. We enthusiastically thank Loran for his work on behalf of ANEEP, and we know he’ll continue to play a vital role in promoting ethanol in Nebraska.”

Nebraska is the nation’s second largest ethanol producing state, with 24 ethanol refineries capable of producing 2 billion gallons annually. The Association of Nebraska Ethanol Producers was formed in 2008 to represent the state’s ethanol producers. The trade group fosters the development and growth of the ethanol industry in Nebraska through education, promotion, legislation and infrastructure development.