The new president for the ethanol advocacy organization is Lars Herseth, a family farmer from South Dakota and father of Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-SD). He is also a politician himself, having served in the South Dakota state legislature for nearly 20 years. In addition to being a farmer, Herseth is an investor in locally-owned ethanol plants in South Dakota and Minnesota.
Herseth takes the reins from Brian Wilcox of Nebraska Public Power District who became Acting President earlier this year when the position was vacated by Bob Scott, whose company, POET Ethanol Products, resigned from the Board. Wilcox was re-elected to serve as Vice President while Owen Jones of 4 Seasons Co-op was re-elected as Treasurer. Jones is a farmer / rancher from Britton, South Dakota. Duane Kristensen of Chief Ethanol in Hastings, NE was newly elected as the organization’s Secretary.