Buis to become Growth Energy CEO

By Megan Skauge | February 04, 2009
Web exclusive posted March 2, 2009, at 11:20 a.m. CST

As of March 15, National Farmers Union President Tom Buis is stepping down to become Growth Energy's chief executive officer. Growth Energy is a newly formed organization dedicated to growing America's economy through cleaner energy, promotes reducing greenhouse gas emissions, decreasing dependence on foreign oil, and creating more American jobs.

"It was not an easy decision, but I am excited to take on this new challenge and continue advocating for our nation's family farmers and ranchers," Buis said. "The production of renewable energy from our farms is the greatest economic opportunity for rural America that I've seen in my lifetime. Home-grown renewable fuels create jobs, reduce our dependence on foreign oil and protect our environment. I am looking forward to advancing this cause and addressing the myths and the facts when it comes to renewable fuels."

According to Growth Energy, Buis will run the day to day operations of the organization as well as work with the board to set its policy agenda.

"We are really excited to have Tom on board, he brings a wealth of experience and industry knowledge along with his legislative expertise thats just incredible," said Toni Nuernberg, executive director of Growth Energy. "We are absolutely pleased to have him as our new leader."

Buis, who has been with NFU since 1998, has served as its president since 2006. According to the NFU, Under his leadership, the organization was a major player in writing the 2008 Farm Bill; led the call to address excessive speculation in the commodity and energy futures markets; advocated for expanding the renewable fuels standard (RFS) and creating a renewable portfolio standard (RPS); and, through the Farmers Union Carbon Credit Program, allowed farmers to play a role in addressing climate change.