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Improve yields, tighten operating procedures, and improve efficiency.


Ethanol Producer Magazine:

"We see our employees taking ownership in the program, openly sharing, and building trust between our organizations."

- Ray Baker, GM Adkins Energy

Driving operating and financial improvement through unique data-based metrics and candid collaboration amongst independent plants focused on being the best and lowest cost producers.




Current Members:


Iowa, Quad County Corn Processors

Quad County Corn Processors

East Kansas Agri-Energy

East Kansas Agri-Energy

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Lincolnland Agri-Energy, LLC

Midwest AgEnergy Group

Midwest AgEnergy Group

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Adkins Energy Ethanol

Western Plains Energy

Western Plains Energy, LLC


IGPC Ethanol Inc.

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Show Me Ethanol, LLC



Ethanol Performance Improvement Service

  • The best way for independent ethanol plants to stay long-term competitive against larger agribusiness and energy companies is to work together to leverage peer benchmarking and collaboration in the pursuit of business performance improvement
  • The initiative is collaborative and based on apples-to-apples information
  • The system leverages detailed operational data with financial data and discussion amongst the participants to capitalize on bottom line impacts
  • Data integrity and reliability are paramount
  • The majority of data comes directly from operations and accounting
  • Ascendant has implemented data validation or integrity monitoring
  • The system is interactive
  • Plants can choose different criteria to make the benchmark comparison more applicable to business opportunities or problems they are trying to solve
  • Value-added analysis
  • Ascendant is constantly mining the data to challenge the group with new ways to improve performance as a whole and works with individual companies to diagnose high-value performance improvement opportunities
  • The system is timely
  • This system is ready for comps the day after data is uploaded