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FROM THE AUGUST ISSUE: Moore, Walker awarded at FEW; Nebraska Corn Growers Association joins USGC; Kuper, Evans receive Kathy Bryan scholarships and more
By Ethanol Producer Magazine | July 12, 2018

Moore, Walker recognized at FEW for contributions to ethanol industry
Two industry leaders were recognized in June at the 2018 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo in Omaha for their contributions to the ethanol industry. Kristy Moore, principal of KMoore Consulting, was presented with the High-Octane Award and Graeme Walker, professor of zymology at Abertay University in Scotland and director of Abertay Yeast Research Group, received the Award of Excellence.
The High-Octane Award recognizes a person whose commitment and passion have benefited the ethanol industry, fitting for Moore’s two decades of service.

During the FEW awards ceremony, Moore thanked the many mentors and colleagues she has encountered during her career in the ethanol industry. “Thank you for this distinguished honor. I am humbled to join the ranks of Tom Buis and Geoff Cooper by receiving this award,” she said. “My career in the ethanol industry includes a who’s who in this industry that have crossed my path and influenced my passion for global fuels.”

The Award of Excellence recognizes the significant contributions an individual has made to the fuel ethanol industry through research, technical advisory or development activities. Walker was presented the award in recognition of his more than 40 years of work in the areas of yeast and fermentation.
Accepting his award, Walker expressed appreciation and discussed Scotland’s history in alcohol production.  “It’s a fantastic award and I’m extremely honored to accept this accolade,” he said. “You might be asking yourself why is a Scotsman up here accepting this award? In fact, Scotland doesn’t have a particularly active ethanol industry but we have been making ethanol for over 500 years. The problem is we bottle it,” Graeme said, prompting a laugh from the crowd.

“I’d like to dedicate this to a lifelong friend and mentor,” he continued. “In fact, you guys wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for this particular individual. His name is saccharomyces cerevisiae (yeast used in brewing).”
 
Nebraska Corn Growers Association joins USGC
The Nebraska Corn Growers Association is a new member of the U.S. Grains Council.

The Nebraska Corn Growers Association is committed to enhance and expand the use, marketing and efficient production of corn. The association works to create and increase opportunities for Nebraska corn farmers through advocacy, education, partnerships and leadership development. The vision of the Nebraska Corn Growers Association is: “Enhancing demand. Adding value. Ensuring sustainability.”

Kuper, Evans receive Kathy Bryan Memorial Scholarship
Patrick Kuper and Lee Evans were the recipients of the Kathy Bryan Memorial Scholarship in June at the 2018 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo in Omaha. Kuper and Evans each will receive $2,000 to further their education in the ethanol field.

The scholarships are offered to applicants planning a course of study that might lead to a career in the ethanol industry and broader  sectors, such as environmental science, sustainability, renewable energy, energy efficiency and reduced global carbon emissions. The scholarship program honors Kathy Bryan, cofounder of the FEW and former president of BBI International. Kathy was a known champion for ethanol since the 1980s and held a positive vision for stronger rural communities, a prosperous agriculture and environmental stewardship.

Kuper will use his scholarship to attend Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa. His father is employed at Flint Hills Resources in Ames, Iowa. Evans is a shift supervisor at Central Indiana Ethanol in Marion, Indiana, and will use his scholarship to advance his education at Ivy Tech Community College in Marion, Indiana.

In the early 2000s, BBI International began an effort to direct attention to the ethanol industry and rural community development by providing scholarships to individuals interested in possibly working in the ethanol industry. By 2005, the FEW was awarding $500 scholarships to as many as five students. The FEW scholarship program has taken different shapes since, but the goal is always to provide funding to students heading to college or a technical school.

Nepveux joins USGC as manager of trade policy
Allison Nepveux joined the U.S. Grains Council as the manager of trade policy in the organization’s Washington, D.C., headquarters.

In this role, Nepveux will support USGC’s trade policy work by implementing creative and effective initiatives to advance trade policy and market access goals, and reduce barriers that affect the export of coarse grains and coproducts.

“I am pleased and excited to add Allison’s great enthusiasm to our work advancing international trade,” says Floyd Gaibler, USGC director of trade policy and biotechnology. “Her experience and perspective on the importance of developing markets for U.S. farmers will further strengthen the council’s trade policy work.”

Before USGC, Nepveux worked for the United Fresh Produce Association as the manager of technology and equipment. In this capacity, she was responsible for executing the United FreshTEC Expo, managing a board of directors in the fresh-cut and value-added segment, and driving membership value for emerging, established technology and equipment brands.

Nepveux has a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness with a certificate in international trade and a minor in Spanish from Texas A&M University.