Valero Lakota Ethanol Plant
1660 428th Street
Lakota, IA 50451
(515) 886-2222, main
(515) 886-2127, fax


Valero's Lakota ethanol plant is located in Lakota, Iowa, about 30 miles southeast of Fairmont, Minnesota. The biorefinery sits on 78 acres and started ethanol production in November 2002. The facility uses a dry-grind production method and state-of-the-art technology to maintain industry-leading standards in production, safety, product quality and environmental stewardship. The Lakota plant annually processes approximately 38 million bushels of corn into approximately 110 million gallons of denatured ethanol and 289,000 tons of distillers grains co-products. The biorefinery employs approximately 65 full-time personnel.

The entire kernel of corn is converted to ethanol or distillers grains. Ethanol is an environmentally friendly, high-octane renewable fuel produced by fermenting converted corn starch with yeast. It is used as a blending agent with gasoline. Distillers grains are the co-product left after the ethanol is removed from fermented corn mash, and are sold as a valuable livestock feed. Distillers grains are high in protein, fat, vitamins and minerals, making an excellent feed supplement for beef and dairy cattle, swine and poultry. The Lakota plant markets both dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) and modified (or wet) distillers grains with solubles (MDGS).

The plant timeline:

  • June 2001 – Celebrated groundbreaking
  • November 2002 – Began startup activities
  • November 2018 – Purchased by Valero from Green Plains Inc.

To Sell Corn
Nathan Nordstrom
Manager-Grains Procurement
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(515) 886-2222

Tiffany Wycoff
Commodities Assistant
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(515) 886-2222

Please be advised that credit sale contracts (also known as price-later contracts) are not valid unless they are signed by the grain seller. Until a signature is provided, such contracts are considered cash contracts and must be cashed out within 30 days of corn delivery. If a grain seller fails to provide a signed contract to VGM within 20 days of corn delivery, VGM will proceed to cash out the contract.

To Purchase Distillers Grains
Arnie Swanson
Distillers Grain Sales Rep (truck sales)
(515) 886-2222

Judd Hulting
Regional Manager-Ag Products
(210) 345-4343