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FROM THE DECEMBER ISSUE: Lallemand acquires bacteria developer, Henderson re-elected as RFA board chairman, Bioenergy Australia appoints new CEO, and more.
By Lisa Gibson | November 15, 2017

Lallemand acquires Lactic Solutions LLC
Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits, a business unit of Lallemand Inc., has acquired Lactic Solutions LLC, which is developing genetically modified lactic acid bacteria products specifically for the biofuels industry.

For the ethanol industry, the products will allow higher yields and reduced antibiotics use, according to Lallemand.

“We are very pleased to add this new technology to our ever-growing pipeline of innovation,” said Angus Ballard, president of Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits, in a statement. “Lallemand has been producing yeast for over 100 years and bacteria (for human probiotics and for animal health) for over 30 years, so this new product category will fit well with our production assets, know-how and technical focus.”

Jim Steele, cofounder and CEO of Lactic Solutions, said in a statement, “Lactic Solutions is thrilled to be joining the Lallemand team. It is our dream to take the technology developed in our university research laboratories and turn it into products that reduce reliance on antibiotics and enhance yields in ethanol biorefineries. Lallemand is the perfect partner to assist us in realizing this dream.”

RFA board re-elects Mick Henderson chairman  
 The Renewable Fuels Association elected officers for its 2018 board of directors in October at its annual meeting in Des Moines. Mick Henderson, general manager at Commonwealth Agri-Energy LLC, was re-elected as chairman.

Commonwealth Agri-Energy is a 35 MMgy ethanol plant in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Henderson has been with Commonwealth Agri-Energy since 2003 and has served on the RFA Board of Directors since 2006.
“I am excited that my peers have re-elected me as the Renewable Fuels Association chairman of the board of directors,” Henderson said. “I look forward to continuing to help guide our industry as we fight back against our critics. The Renewable Fuel Standard has been an immensely successful program and we want to ensure the energy, air quality and consumer benefits continue, while expanding ethanol’s market domestically and across the globe.”

Additionally, RFA elected:
• President: Bob Dinneen, Renewable Fuels Association, Washington, D.C.

• Vice Chairman: Neil Koehler, Pacific Ethanol, Sacramento, California

• Treasurer: Charles Wilson, Trenton Agri-Products LLC, Trenton, Nebraska

Wilson joins USGC as economics and ethanol graduate fellow
Candice Wilson has joined the U.S. Grains Council staff as a graduate fellow in economics and ethanol, based in Washington, D.C.

During her one-year graduate fellow appointment, Wilson will work with Mike Dwyer, USGC chief economist, and other staff on a variety of economic analysis projects ranging from ethanol research to analysis of global supply and demand for coarse grains and products.

“We are thrilled Candice is joining the council as a graduate fellow,” Dwyer said. “She has both the academic background and the real work experience in trade policy to tackle ethanol trade policy by working with council staff and our main ethanol partners.”

Before joining USGC, Wilson completed both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural economics at Kansas State University. Additionally, she worked as an international intern with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service in Brussels, Belgium.

Bioenergy Australia appoints new CEO
Shahana McKenzie has been appointed CEO of Bioenergy Australia, a government-industry networking forum established in 1997.

Before joining the organization, McKenzie was with the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, where she successfully led a restructure. According to Bioenergy Australia, since her appointment, she has discussed benefits of and options for bioenergy with Parliament House in Canberra.

“In addition to benefits for the environment, retrofitting power stations and changing energy sources will see regional areas benefit from increased jobs and drive needed economic growth,” she said in a statement. “The bioproduct and services market is expected to be worth $1.1 trillion by 2022 and we are committed to ensuring that Australian businesses have a meaningful position there.

“Geographically, Australia is ideally (situated) to take advantage of bioenergy. All states and territories enjoy the resources needed to make the most of the clean energy and job opportunities it offers. I’m looking forward to creating that agreement as we begin meeting with key political and industry leaders, along with communities around Australia.”