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By Erin Voegele

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The USDA on April 23 awarded more than $43 million in grants through the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program to support projects that will increase the availability of domestic biofuels in 15 states.

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The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration on April 17 announced the renewal of its Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee. The agency is also soliciting nominations for committee membership.

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Indigo Ag and Red Trail Energy have announced a collaboration to source low carbon intensity (CI) corn to support farmers using sustainable practices and benefit from emerging clean fuels market tax credit programs.

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CoBank is predicting a positive outlook for ethanol in 2024 as plants capitalize on lower corn prices and improved margins, according to the company’s latest Quarterly Research Report, released April 11.

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In celebration of Earth Day, Iowa biofuel producers, farmers, retailers, and policy leaders gathered for a community tree planting event hosted by Growth Energy. The event is part of a larger woodland restoration project.

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By creating optimal conditions to maximize corn oil output, Fluid Quip Technologies’ pretreatment system gives ethanol producers an unfussy method to maximize production.

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Paired for Productivity

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By Luke Geiver

March 08, 2024

Lee Reeve, a multi-generational Kansan who operates a feedlot colocated with a small ethanol plant, explains how producing fuel and feed has impacted his family business for over four decades.

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The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s late 2023 guidance on carbon-intensity modeling is a potential step in the right direction for ethanol becoming a major feedstock for SAF. But many questions remain.

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The life cycle analysis of GHG emissions is essential in a world full of credits and customer requirements revolving around carbon intensity. Life Cycle Associates knows how to help ethanol producers square it all up to maximize value.

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DENCO II

Lead Operator

POSTED BY: DENCO II

$35+/hour depending on experience Responsible for the operation of the plant to ensure maximum production, quantity, and quality by directly supervising process operators and boiler operators who work on a 12-hour rotating shift schedule while supporting the policies, goals, and objectives of the company.

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Ring-neck Energy & Feed, LLC

EH&S Manager

POSTED BY: Ring-neck Energy & Feed, LLC

The EH&S Manager is responsible for implementing systems to meet environmental, health and safety regulations, and performance for the facility.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND BASIC DUTIES

  1. Implement facility’s Emergency Action Plan (EAP), Integrated Contingency Plan (ICP), Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures (SPCC), Risk Management Plan (RMP), and Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP).
  2. Assist the facility’s commitments under the sites Air, Appropriations, NPDES, and Waste permits. Complete multi-media responsibility for task driven commitments.
  3. Establish and maintain relationship with Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) and response organizations to facilitate their participation with facilities response planning.
  4. Responsible for building and ensuring implementation of a strong ProcessSafety Management (PSM) program. Support compliance with Risk Management Planning (RPM) and reporting to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
  5. Provide comprehensive and effective EHS training. Design and implement new training programs to address gaps. Ensure implementation of Safe Work Practices (SWP) and create written health and safety procedures and programs to meet OSHA, PSM, FRA, and other applicable regulatory standards.
  6. Investigate incidents for facility using investigative methodologies, and drive preventive action items to completion using tracking methods.
  7. Implement tasks defined on Environmental Health and Safety routine duties calendar, ensuring 100% compliance, including incident reports and follow up actions to prevent recurrence.
  8. Assist with and support proper management of SDS documents and PPE hazard assessments, per OSHA regulations.
  9. Conduct internal audits on the facility and support external audits to ensure continual improvement of processes and programs.
  10. Ensure day to day environmental and safety compliance requirements and support facility with safety compliance during shutdown activities.
  11. Communicate any compliance issues to the Plant Manager and assist in developing correction action plans.
  12. Track leading and lagging indicators for health and safety performance.
  13. Assist with new hire onboarding and drug screen testing, support the industrial hygiene programs, and prepare reports.
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Ring-neck Energy & Feed, LLC

Grain Operator

POSTED BY: Ring-neck Energy & Feed, LLC

POSITION TITLE: Grain Operator CLASSIFICATION: Non Exempt POSITION PURPOSE Responsible for safely and efficiently loading and unloading raw materials (corn and DDG) in and out, as well as loading truck and rail ethanol. Responsible for grain bin cleaning, inventory maintenance, and general grounds upkeep. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND BASIC DUTIES • Learn and operate the computer DCS system for corn receiving, ethanol loading, and by-product loading. • Follow procedures for plant area start-ups and shut-downs. • Follow procedures for all aspects of the company safety program, including Confined space Program and Lock-out Tag-out program. • Maintain daily update of cleaning and PM maintenance checklists and routine duties calendar. • Interface with plant personnel to insure adequate corn, ethanol, and DDG movement and storage capacities are maintained. • Collaborate with maintenance department to facilitate maintenance and repair of Grain and DDG equipment. • Know and understand city, county, state, and federal regulations relating to the facility, and work in a manner to ensure that these regulations are met at all times. • Assist in maintaining the security and general upkeep of the plant and grounds. QUALIFICATIONS EDUCATION/CERTIFICATION: High school diploma or equivalent certificate preferred Associate degree or technical degree/certification preferred REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE: Experience in the operation of a dry-mill ethanol plant preferred Experience in the operation of a grain receiving facility preferred SKILLS/ABILITIES: Ability to learn and work effectively with the plant’s Distributed Control System (DCS) Punctual and timely in meeting all requirements of performance, including but not limited to, attendance standards and work deadlines Ability to maintain courteous, professional and effective working relationships with customers and employees at all levels of the organization Ability to communicate information and state problems or challenges to be resolved in a clear, concise, courteous, nondiscriminatory and professional manner and be able to provide clarification as necessary Capable of adapting, with minimal or no advance notice, to changes in how business is conducted and work is accomplished, with no diminishment in work performance PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES AND REQUIREMENTS OF THIS POSITION This position is a Monday through Friday day position; however, there may be the need for this position to fill 12 hour shifts in process from time-to-time, as required and as directed by the Operations Manager. Significant time will be spent in the plant and grains area. All types of chemical industry equipment are used in the plant to include, but not limited to fermentation vessels, jet cookers, agitators, mixing and milling equipment, distillation columns, centrifuges and distributive control systems. May be exposed to loud noises, wet and humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic chemicals, extreme hot and cold depending on weather conditions. Must be able to climb ladders and work at elevations of 175 feet. Must be able to speak and listen clearly. Fine visual acuity to read for accuracy. Travel required or as needed. For more detail please review the ADA questionnaire on file in Human Resources. PHYSICAL STRENGTH: This job may require lifting of up to 50 pounds frequently. INTENT AND FUNCTION OF JOB DESCRIPTIONS All descriptions have been reviewed to ensure that only essential functions and basic duties have been included. Peripheral tasks, only incidentally related to each position, have been excluded. Requirements, skills, and abilities included have been determined to be the minimal standards required to successfully perform the positions. In no instance, however, should the duties, responsibilities, and requirements delineated be interpreted as all-inclusive. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is possible that requirements may be modified to reasonably accommodate disabled individuals. However, no accommodations will be made which may pose serious health or safety risks to the employee or others or which impose undue hardships on the organization. Job descriptions are not intended as and do not create employment contracts. The organization maintains its status as an at-will employer. Employees can be terminated for any reason not prohibited by law.
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