Robert Baker of Sue City, Missouri has been named the 2014 Growth Energy Individual Membership Sweepstakes winner. “I am very excited, and I have a son and grandson that are more excited than me because they get to run [the combine],” said Baker, who is an investor in the Macon, Missouri, POET Biorefining plant, and regularly provides feedstock.
“The economic impact of the ethanol industry here in Missouri is undeniable and what we do here at POET goes far beyond the production process,” said Steve Murphy, General Manager at POET Biorefining – Macon. “As the first ethanol plant in the state of Missouri, we are proud of the added value our facility brings to producers and this community. However, we wouldn’t be able to offer consumers cheaper and cleaner choices at the pump if it weren’t for producers like Robert.”
“We are proud to support a farmer who works so hard every day to grow crops to help feed the world and fuel our nation,” said Growth Energy CEO, Tom Buis. “Our members are working hard to revitalize our rural economies, create new jobs and ensure our nation will have a sustainable and secure energy future. This sweepstakes was part of a larger effort to continue to build grassroots support for biofuels across the country.”
The Growth Energy Individual Membership Sweepstakes offered all new or renewing individual members a chance to win either a NASCAR ticket package or usage of a New Holland combine. The total prize package for the combine is valued at $35,584.