Holly Jessen

Holly Jessen is managing editor for Ethanol Producer Magazine. She has written for the magazine since January 2010 and has previous experience working for daily and weekly newspapers in North Dakota and Minnesota. She graduated from Andrews University in 2000 with a double major in English and journalism.

Latest Posts by Holly Jessen

July 24, 2015

Dakota Spirit AgEnergy completes commissioning

A press conference was held at the 65 MMgy Dakota Spirit AgEnergy ethanol plant in North Dakota, marking the facility reaching its full commercialization phase. It’s the first corn-ethanol plant to be built in the U.S. in more than five years. READ MORE

July 20, 2015

Blog: First steps for writing a press release

Are you interested in getting your company name out in the news media but aren’t sure where to start? I’ve got some ideas for you in this several-part series about working with the local media. READ MORE

July 16, 2015

ACE Dreams Big, Values Grassroots

The man who led the effort to form ACE was 67 years old when he took on the project. Today, the organization is still fighting for farmers and all people of the ethanol industry. This article appears in the August issue of EPM. READ MORE

July 14, 2015

Operations Leader Optimizes Aging Plant

When Ethanol Producer Magazine asked for nominations of rock star operators, the name of an industry veteran of almost two decades rose to the top. This story appears in the August issue of EPM. READ MORE

July 13, 2015

Blog: Research projects look into low-lignin plants

You may have heard the old joke, “you can make anything out of lignin, except money.” Well, I hope to still be writing about ethanol the day that's been proven wrong. READ MORE

July 10, 2015

US ethanol exports drop, DDGS exports surge

The most recent government data shows ethanol exports hit the lowest level so far this year while distillers grains exports to China set a new record, accounting for 74 percent of total U.S. DDGS exports, according to a RFA analysis. READ MORE

July 06, 2015

Blog: Telling ethanol’s story through the local media

Does your ethanol production facility have a positive working relationship with the local media? If not, here’s more about why, and how, you should develop one. READ MORE

June 29, 2015

Blog: Project to restart idled ethanol plant has deep impact on student

This week, we'll hear from someone that was part of a project to restart an idled ethanol plant in 2013. It was an ambitious and interesting effort and I'm sorry to hear it wasn't ultimately successful. READ MORE

June 22, 2015

Blog: Talking to critics about gas mileage, other misconceptions about ethanol

The ethanol industry is often portrayed as greedy and evil, out to push its fuel on consumers no matter the consequences. What's the reality? The oil industry is fighting hard, and fighting dirty, to keep control of the fuel marketplace at any cost. READ MORE

June 19, 2015

Syngenta extends donation commitment to Prime the Pump Fund

Syngenta announced today that it will donate approximately $600,000 to the Prime the Pump Fund. Prime the Pump is an ethanol industry initiative created to help retailers cover the cost to install fueling infrastructure. READ MORE