The longtime administrator of the Nebraska Ethanol Board is retiring next week after more than four decades of service.
Todd Sneller was hired a few years after the Nebraska legislature created what he calls an “innovative program” in 1971, long before ethanol was a household word.
Sneller says, “To have an opportunity to see this move from concept to the reality the ethanol industry is today has really been both personally and professionally satisfying.”
Nebraska is the nation’s number-two ethanol producer behind only Iowa. There are 24 ethanol plants in the Husker State, producing a total of more than two-billion gallons each year.
“I think there’s more to come,” he says, “and that’s an exciting future for people that are involved in biofuels generally and ethanol specifically.”
Sneller retires September 14th, though he’ll stay on to help with the transition of the new administrator, Sarah Thornton Caswell of Omaha, who starts September 17th.
Thanks to Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton