Mission Statement


The business and purposes of Lincolnland Agri-Energy, LLC are to develop, finance, construct, own, and operate an ethanol plant in Crawford County, Illinois. Lincolnland Agri-Energy, LLC will conduct related activities, engage in any other business and investment purpose or activity in which an Illinois limited liability company may lawfully be engaged and conduct any and all activities related or incidental thereto.

 

History     


On June 7, 1999, Clarence Schutee, a Crawford County Illinois farmer, shared with Norma Carder, the Director of the Crawford County Development Association, an article on the Western Illinois University Value-Added Rural Development Center.

Contact was made with Mary Holmes, Manager of the Rural Development program. She led a group of local farmers, Norma Carder, and University of Illinois Extension Leader Ann Emken through innovative meetings that resulted in the formation of the not-for-profit Agriculture Development Association. 

Through these meetings, three areas of interest for value-added opportunities were identified. An ethanol production facility was the focus of the first major project. Lincolnland Agri-Energy, a new generation cooperative, was organized to further develop the ethanol business venture. Incorpoated on July 26, 2001, four hundred fifty-three (453) farmer-investors joined the cooperative. 

On October 1, 2002, the cooperative, Indeck Energy Services, Inc., Fagen, Inc., and Meeker Limited Partnership formed Lincolnland Agri-Energy, LLC to own and operate the ethanol facility.

A Groundbreaking Ceremony was held on March 1, 2003 in Palestine, Illinois and construction followed. Ethanol production began on July 12, 2004. 

Currently Lincolnland Agri-Energy, LLC employees 40 personnel.