The National Corn Growers Association sends off Jamey Cline with gratitude for his service and best wishes for the future. Cline departs the position of Director of Biofuel Programs and Business Development after nearly three years for opportunities in the ethanol industry. During his tenure, Cline played a key role in organizing several successful projects and programs, including the Agricultural Energy Symposium held in Washington last November, and the development and implementation of the NASCAR American Ethanol partnership.
“Jamey led our ethanol efforts during a very volatile period, working tirelessly as an advocate both for corn farmers and the ethanol industry,” said Paul Bertels, NCGA Vice President of Production and Utilization. “He was directly involved in some of NCGA’s major accomplishments over the past three years, including the NASCAR partnership, publication of the 2011 Ethanol Roadmap, and in gaining a one-year extension of the VEETC in 2010. While he leaves us, his technical expertise will continue to benefit corn growers for years to come through his work to develop a system that properly accounts for greenhouse gases in the calculation of indirect land use change, the inclusion of distillers grains in analysis of ethanol’s lifecycle and in his efforts to accurately monitor the impact of corn-based ethanol on the livestock industry. He will be sorely missed both as a well-respected colleague and a friend.”
Cline came to NCGA from BBI International, where he assisted boards of directors in the development of new ethanol plants, including legal entity formation, board development, incentives, feasibility study and business plan development, raising capital, site development, and marketing agreements. Before his work with BBI, Cline was the director of value enhancement for the Missouri Corn Growers Association and the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council.
A graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural economics, Cline enjoys being involved with agriculture, and grew up on a diversified crop and livestock farm in Northwest Missouri. He, his wife Lisa, and their sons Brandon and Ethan will be relocating to Omaha, Neb., from their current home in Columbia, Mo.