Jerry Taylor recognized at White House's Champions of Change

StaffApril 24, 2012

On Thursday, April 19th, Jerry Taylor was one of nine individuals honored at the White House as Champions of Change for advancing new ideas that are leading the way to a clean energy future and an economy that's built to last.
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April 24, 2012

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April 24, 2012

Tom May, Director of Public Relations
MFA Oil Company
573-876-0311 or 573-819-1515

White House Highlights Jerry Taylor
as a "Champion of Change" for His Efforts
to Advance Innovations in Renewable Energy

WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday, April 19th, Jerry Taylor was one of nine individuals honored at the White House as Champions of Change for advancing new ideas that are leading the way to a clean energy future and an economy that's built to last.

"Supporting homegrown sources of renewable energy is a key part of the President's all-of-the-above energy strategy to create jobs, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and strengthen national security," said Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. "The leaders we've selected as Champions of Change are helping to grow our economy, reduce pollution in our communities, and position America as a world leader in clean energy."

The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama's Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different sector is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities.

"It is truly an honor to represent the farmers of MFA Oil, MFA Oil Biomass and Aloterra Energy in receiving this recognition from the White House" said Jerry Taylor. "Our biomass effort has been a great example of cooperation with The United States Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, the Biomass Crop Assistance Program and the farmers that are taking the risk to participate in this program. They are all part of this Champion of Change award."

MFA Oil Biomass received funding from the BCAP program, part of the 2008 farm bill, to start growing Miscanthus Giganteus, a renewable energy crop.  MFA Oil Biomass currently has three project areas in Southwest Missouri, Central Missouri and Northeast Arkansas.  Also, through Aloterra Energy, which is a partner in MFA Oil Biomass, there is a project area in Eastern Ohio.

Jerry Taylor is a 30-year employee and CEO of MFA Oil, a farmer owned energy cooperative headquartered in Columbia, Missouri. MFA Oil is owned by 40,000 farmers with the mission of improving the economic well-being of its farmer members through the distribution of energy and energy related products. MFA Oil entered the renewable fuels markets in the 1960's when it purchased an ethanol plant to make gasohol, and currently invests in oil refining and biodiesel production. MFA Oil is the seventh largest propane retailer in the U.S. MFA Oil Biomass, a partnership with Aloterra Energy, was started in 2011 to capitalize on the unique qualities of miscanthus giganteous as an energy crop. Miscanthus is a non-invasive perennial that needs moderate inputs, grows on marginal ground, is carbon neutral, and produces significant tonnage per acre. Taylor is on the board of National Cooperative Refinery Association and Mid America Biofuels.

To see this event, visit the White House YouTube channel for Champions of Change.

About MFA Oil Company:
MFA Oil Company, formed in 1929, is a farmer-owned cooperative with more than 40,000 members. The company supplies fuels, lubricants, and propane to customers in Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Indiana, Kentucky and Iowa. Through a subsidiary, MFA Oil operates Break Time convenience stores in Missouri and Arkansas and Jiffy Lube and Big O Tire franchises in central Missouri.

About Aloterra Energy LLC:
Aloterra Energy LLC was formed in 2010 to expand fuel marketing, distribution and logistics operations into the emerging biomass renewable energy market.  Aloterra Energy's executive team and board of directors has more than four decades of combined experience in the fuel procurement and commodities industries, as well as extensive experience in developing fuel and transportation infrastructure.


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