New KS Ethanol Company Hires CEO From USDA

Cindy Zimmerman

Everton Energy, a new biofuel company headquartered in Kansas, has announced the appointment of Bert Farrish as the company’s first Chief Executive Officer.

According to a news release, Farrish joins Everton from the United States Department of Agriculture, where he served as Deputy Administrator for Commodity Operations for the Farm Service Agency. In this role, Farrish was directly responsible for the administration of the United States bio-diesel and ethanol bio-energy program.

“Our vision is to build a fully integrated energy production and marketing company, using the latest technological developments in bio-energy,” said Farrish. “We are in a unique position to take a leadership stake in the rapidly growing biofuel industry, and we expect to be producing ethanol within just three years. By 2010, Everton will be one of the leading producers and suppliers in the United States.”

Everton is partnering with Kansas-based ICM to design and construct a 100 million gallon ethanol production facility in Concordia, Kansas starting in early 2007. Everton also plans to announce details regarding the location and development of a second facility in the near future.