Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association names new executive director

A native of Marshall, Minnesota, Brian Werner has previously worked for Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, former Minnesota Congressman Collin Peterson, and former Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota.

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association has appointed a veteran congressional staff member as its new executive director.

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Brian Werner is the executive director of the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association
Courtesy of Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association

Brian Werner replaces Tim Rudnicki as executive director.

A native of Marshall, Minnesota, Werner has previously worked for Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, former Minnesota Congressman Collin Peterson, and former Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota.

“MN Bio-Fuels is doing critical work to transform our energy sector and strengthen our economy. I look forward to continuing to advance this important mission with our many state and federal partners,” Werner said in a news release.

Werner most recently worked for Klobuchar, working to protect mandatory funding for Farm Bill energy title programs, maintain stability in the implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard, provide economic relief for biofuel producers negatively affected by the coronavirus pandemic, and secure federal investment in biofuel infrastructure, the news release said.


“We are excited Brian has joined our team. With his leadership, we will continue to advance renewable ethanol and renewable energy,” said Brian Kletscher, president of the MN Bio-Fuels board of directors.

According to Werner's LinkedIn profile, he earned an undergraduate degree from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and a master's degree in public administration and policy from American University in Washington, D.C.

“After a decade and a half in our nation’s capital working on agriculture and biofuel policy, I am honored and beyond excited to be coming home to lead MN Bio-Fuels. It is clear that farm-based, homegrown biofuels are a key solution to many of the issues we face today — reducing carbon emissions, strengthening national security, promoting rural economic development, and lowering energy costs for consumers,” Werner said.

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