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BBI International and Ethanol Producers Magazine July 14 recognized Steve Markham and Kurt Rosentrater for their contributions to the U.S. ethanol industry at the 2021 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW) general session in Des Moines, Iowa.
Markham, who currently serves as Chief Risk Officer, Global Grain & Processing, at CHS Inc., is the 2021 recipient of the BBI’s High Octane Award, which recognizes an individual who has helped the industry move forward over time, in particular through the development of markets and the promotion of products. . The High Octane Award is given to the best market builders in the ethanol industry, the strongest advocates and our strongest and most committed supporters in the industry.
During his decades-long career, Markham has been a driving force in the development of the use of domestic and international distillers’ grains. He pioneered the practice of third-party marketing for the valuable co-product of the ethanol industry. Markham also played an important role in facilitating early distillers ‘grains research projects and guiding industry developments related to rail and barge transport as the market demand for distillers’ grains increased.
Markham is a strong supporter of the important work of the US Grains Council in increasing the global demand for distillers’ grains and is a regular speaker at events hosted by the organization overseas.
“BBI is proud to recognize Steve with this year’s High Octane Award,” said Tom Bryan, President of BBI International and Editor-in-Chief of Magazine of ethanol producers. “His belief in the ethanol industry, his enthusiasm for our industry’s co-products, and his passionate advocacy have taken this industry to the next level. We appreciate everything Steve has done to create markets for our most valuable co-product over the past 30 years. “
Markham said he feels good to be recognized for his work in the ethanol industry. “It has never been like work for me. It was just such a ride. It’s a great industry to grow up with, ”he said, noting that his favorite part of his career has been all of the amazing people he has met. “I never dreamed when I was out of the state of South Dakota I could do the things that I have done, go to the places I have been and meet the people that I have met and learned. to know.”
Rosentrater, executive director and CEO of the Distillers Grains Technology Council and associate professor in the Department of Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University, is the 2021 recipient of the BBI Award of Excellence, which recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the fuel ethanol industry through their research, technical advisory and / or development activities.
For almost 20 years, Rosentrater’s unique approach to research has overcome challenges and improved the use of distillery grains co-products. Specifically, his work has helped improve the handling and storage of distillery grains. He was the first to develop a commercially viable method to granulate 100 percent Dried Distillery Grain with Solubles (DDGS). Rosentrater has also helped develop new market opportunities for distillers’ grains in aquaculture.
“We are delighted to recognize Kurt with our 2021 Award of Excellence,” said Bryan. “Its two decades of working to advance ethanol co-products have helped our industry overcome difficult technical challenges while opening up new market opportunities. Kurt has also been generous with his time, benefiting members of the industry by taking on a variety of speaker and educational roles that have greatly benefited the US fuel ethanol industry.
“Receiving this award is such an honor. Being recognized by peers and the companies I intend to serve is a testament to the importance of the job, ”said Rosentrater. “To have had the opportunity to contribute to the growth and improvement of this industry is truly a lesson in humility.… There is still so much work to be done in the area of co-products and food ingredients. , and this work is essential to the long-term sustainability and profitability of alcohol production. “
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