Holly Jessen

Holly Jessen wrote for Ethanol Producer Magazine from January 2010 until stepping down as managing editor in early 2016 to become a full-time mom. She had previous experience working for daily and weekly newspapers in North Dakota and Minnesota and graduated from Andrews University in 2000 with a double major in English and journalism.

Latest Posts by Holly Jessen

December 20, 2021

Wringing Out More Corn Oil

While most ethanol producers aren’t actively pursuing DCO yields over 1.2 pounds per bushel, the pursuit of ultra-high, or even theoretical maximum yield, is as compelling as it is consequential. Both the process and the market must be considered. READ MORE

October 07, 2021

Remaining On Track

Rail safety and compliance are issues ethanol producers can’t afford to ignore. Whether on private property or moving down the track, even small errors can be costly. Meanwhile, the ethanol industry's transition to DOT-117 rail cars is on schedule. READ MORE

August 26, 2021

Coproducts Revenue Rising

New benchmarking information points strongly toward a growing percentage of overall plant income streaming from ethanol’s ancillary outputs. Data from 65 participating facilities show revenue from coproducts averaged 27% of total plant revenue in Q1. READ MORE

July 25, 2016

Filling a Hole in Leadership at Ethanol Facilities

Succession planning involves candid discussions that pave the way for smooth transitions when facing retirements, or worse, unplanned vacancies in key positions. READ MORE

June 13, 2016

Conserving Cooling Power

Neglecting cooling tower maintenance can curtail production, especially in the hot summer months. READ MORE

May 20, 2016

Helping Ethanol Producers Get the Most Out of Their Product

When margins matter most, strategies to ratchet up ethanol yield make good business sense. This article is published in the June issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine under the headline "Up On Output." READ MORE

March 09, 2016

Gevo, Butamax ink patent, settlement agreements

Gevo and Butamax are no longer expending energy on their patent dispute, leaving both companies with a clearer path to commercialization. This article appears in the April issue of EPM with the headline, "Licence to grow." READ MORE

March 07, 2016

Blog: Who killed the only EPA certified E85 conversion kit?

Have you ever watched, “Who Killed the Electric Car?” Although I haven’t, my understanding is that there are some similarities between this 2006 documentary and what I’m telling you today. READ MORE

March 04, 2016

Edeniq cellunators installed at Nebraska ethanol plant

Mid American Agri Products-Wheatland, a small-scale ethanol plant located near Madrid, Nebraska, has installed Edeniq Inc.’s trademarked Cellunator technology and is considering the next step of cellulosic ethanol production from corn kernel fiber. READ MORE

March 03, 2016

Industry asks White House to step into DDGS antidumping case

Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association have asked the White House to take action with regard to preliminary results of an antidumping and countervailing duty case filed in China that were released March 1. READ MORE