Renewable Fuels Nebraska Hires Caldwell as Executive Director 

October 29, 2021

LINCOLN, NE - Renewable Fuels Nebraska today announced the hiring of Dawn Caldwell as executive director of the organization. Ms. Caldwell will assume her position on November 1.
Commenting on the hire Tony Leiding, RFN board president, said: “We are excited for Dawn to lead the organization into the future. Dawn brings significant experience and credibility to our team with her strong background in agriculture and leadership skills. I know she will represent our producer and associate members exceptionally well, while growing demand for biofuels and their co-products in Nebraska.”
Dawn brings a wealth of experience in the agriculture and ethanol sectors. Dawn was raised on a diversified family farm near Guide Rock, Nebraska, where she was active in 4-H and worked on the family farm. She then attended the University of Nebraska Lincoln where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science. Early in her career she worked in the Nuckolls, Thayer, and Fillmore Counties extension office before moving into the private sector as a feed specialist at Deshler Grain and Feed. In December of 2000, the opportunity to be a livestock specialist for Aurora Cooperative presented itself and Dawn began her nearly 21-year stint with the company.
During her time at Aurora Cooperative, Dawn spent 10 years in the animal nutrition division, working directly with both the livestock producers and the feed operations staff. She then accepted a role as corporate communications manager for five years and spent the balance of her time with Aurora Cooperative as the head of government affairs.
Dawn has been an active servant to agriculture both personally and professionally. She is a graduate of Nebraska L.E.A.D. Class 24, which contributed greatly to her preparedness for various board seats and ag advocacy activities. She has served two terms on the Nebraska Beef Council and was elected to lead the Federation of State Beef Councils on the NCBA officer team, has been a CommonGround volunteer, sits on the Ag Builders of Nebraska board, the Nebraska State Fair Board, as well as the Nebraska Cattlemen board and has served on various local boards and committees. Through her role at Aurora Cooperative, Dawn has held seats on the Ag Retailers Association, and National Grain and Feed Association boards of directors, as well as serving on various trade association policy committees. She has served on the RFN board of directors since June 2020.  
Dawn and her husband, Matt, live near Edgar, Nebraska, and have two grown children and one grandson. Their daughter, Kaydee, is an ag teacher and FFA adviser at Bloomfield, Neb., where she lives with her husband, Ty, an agronomist, and their son, Tate. Dawn and Matt’s son, Emmet, lives in Lincoln, Neb., and is a beef agent for Producers Livestock Marketing. The family ranches and farms in North Central Kansas and South Central Nebraska.
Dawn replaces Pam Miller who has served as interim executive director since February 2021 following Troy Bredenkamp’s departure to the Renewable Fuels Association.
In regards to her new position, Dawn Caldwell said: “I appreciate the board’s confidence in me, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with them and lead this great organization.”

About Renewable Fuels Nebraska
Renewable Fuels Nebraska (RFN) is the trade organization for Nebraska's ethanol industry. We are an industry resource encouraging public policy that ensures the growth and expansion of the nation's second largest renewable fuels industry.

For more information contact:
Traci Menke, or 402.325.0045. 

E Energy Adams Produces Billionth Gallon of Ethanol

E Energy Adams Produces Billionth Gallon of Ethanol On Saturday, Sept. 18, E Energy Adams reached a significant milestone at its site in Adams, Nebraska—one billion gallons of ethanol production. The Fagen/ICM designed plant was constructed in 2006 and began operation on October 27, 2007.


“It took us nearly 14 years to make a billion gallons of ethanol, and we’re very proud of what we have achieved for our community and investors,” said Carl Sitzmann, who has been the CEO of E Energy from the start of operations.


“With the achievement of this milestone, E Energy Adams joins an elite group of ethanol biorefineries that have reached one billion gallons of production,” said Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper. “We congratulate Carl, his excellent staff, and all of the E Energy investors who made this accomplishment possible. Day in and day out for the last 14 years, they have worked tirelessly to support the local economy and provide American consumers with cleaner, greener, and more affordable fuel options.”


The original plant capacity was 50 million gallons per year (MGY), but various expansions and projects to remove bottlenecks over the years brought the current capacity to 100 MGY. In addition to doubling ethanol capacity, the plant also increased corn storage, added various new technologies, and gained unit-train capability to ship to California.


“Virtually all of our ethanol is shipped to California due to our carbon index and location,” said Sitzmann. “Ethanol is a low-cost, clean, renewable fuel with high octane; that’s very desirable for the folks in California.” The facility also produces distillers grains, distillers corn oil, and carbon dioxide used in the meat-packing industry.


“We have a huge impact on the surrounding community,” Sitzmann said. “In addition to the significant tax revenue we provide to the county and local village, we’re boosting corn prices for the local producers, providing a protein-rich distillers grains to livestock feeders, and our distillers corn oil is used as either livestock feed or as feedstock for renewable diesel production.”


The company is celebrating their billion-gallon milestone throughout the month of September. “We know that we could never reach a milestone like this without the substantial contributions of our employees. During this month, we’re showing our appreciation to employees with special lunches, breakfasts, a billion-gallon jacket, and other games and prizes.” 


RFN Legislative Lunch & Learn
January 10
Lincoln, NE


IRFA Renewable Fuels Summit

January 25

Des Moines, IA

RFN Legislative Reception

February 10

Lincoln, NE

National Ethanol Conference-RFA

February 21-23

New Orleans

IRFA Day on the Hill & Board Meeting

March 9

Des Moines, IA

RFN Q1 Meetings

March 23/24 (With Emerging Issues Forum)

Omaha, NE

ACE Fly-In

April 5-6

Washington, DC

RFA Board of Directors Meeting

April 26-27, 2022

Omaha, NE

IRFA Board Meeting

June 8

Des Moines

RFN Social Event

June 8-9

Lincoln, NE

RFN Q2 Meetings

June 8-9

Lincoln, NE


June 13-15, 2022

Minneapolis, MN

RFA Board of Directors Meeting

July 11-13, 2022

Washington, DC

IRFA-Biofuels: Science & Sustainability Tour

August 15-18

ACE Annual Conference

Aug. 18-20, 2021

IRFA Members Day Golf/Board Meeting

September 7-8 Des Moines, IA

RFN Q3 Meetings & Golf Outing & Reception

September 21, 2022

Kearney, NE

IRFA Evening Reception and Annual Meeting

December 6-7

Des Moines, IA

RFN Q4 and Annual Member Meeting

December 7-8

Lincoln, NE