Partners

CE&P is partnered with leading Imperial Valley farmers and innovative ethanol industry experts and companies.

Farmers

Larry Gilbert, Merry Acres

Larry Gilbert, Executive Vice President Agricultural Operations, CE&P, grew up working on an Imperial Valley, California farm and earned a BS in Agronomy from California State Polytechnic University. He returned home to take over the farming of Merry Acres, expanding operations to about 800 acres of field crops such as cotton, sorghum, sugarcane and wheat. Mr. Gilbert dedicates his time and expertise as an active member in the Imperial Valley County Farm Bureau, serving on various committees at the county and state levels, and as a two-term president. In recent years, he has focused much of his attention on water matters, including water conservation and transfers, mostly through the Imperial Irrigation District. In 2009, Mr. Gilbert was awarded what is the only lifetime achievement award given among the local farm community, the Jim Kuhn Memorial Farmer of the Year, by the Imperial County Farm Bureau.

Steve Reeves, Steve Reeves Farms

Steve Reeves is a third generation Imperial Valley farmer who started farming in 1973 with his father, JC Reeves. Together, they ran JC Reeves Ranches and Steve Reeves Ranches until 2006. Steve Reeves Ranches currently farms about 3,740 acres growing sugar beets, alfalfa, Bermudagrass for hay and seed, wheat and sugarcane.

Ralph Taylor Farming

Ralph Taylor's grandfather, Val Butters, first came to the Imperial Valley in 1913, making Ralph a third generation farmer and his son, Jason, a fourth generation farmer. Mr. Taylor and his son currently farm approximately 10,000 acres of various crops including saguaro beets, wheat, onions, sugar cane, field corn, alfalfa and Bermudagrass. Taylor looks forward to adding sugarcane as another crop option to farmers in the Imperial Valley.

Doug Westmoreland, Westmoreland Farming

Doug Westmoreland has been in agri-business production in the Imperial Valley for over 25 years. Since 1987, he has been the owner operator of Westmoreland Farming with a fully diversified farming enterprise that produces feedstuffs such as alfalfa, corn, Bermudagrass, Sudan grass, tifton, klein, numerous small grains and sorghums. Westmoreland Farming was an early leader in the production of sugarcane and continues to grow more than 130 acres of various sugarcane varieties. Mr. Westmoreland has served on the board of directors of numerous nonprofits in the Imperial Valley and is always striving to help improve his community and its agriculture industry.

Industry

Booker Tate - www.booker-tate.co.uk

Booker Tate is a global leader in the provision of development, management and technical services to the world of sugar, ethanol, bio-energy and other agribusiness projects, having successfully completed some 1,500 assignments in 120 countries over the past 50 years.

Technip - http://www.technip.com

Technip is a world leader in project management, engineering and construction for the energy industry. From the deepest subsea oil and gas developments to the largest and most complex offshore and onshore infrastructures, our close to 32,500 people are constantly offering the best solutions and most innovative technologies to meet the world's energy challenges. Present in 45 countries, Technip has state-of-the-art industrial assets on all continents and operates a fleet of specialized vessels for pipeline installation and subsea construction.

Uni-systems, Inc. - www.uni-systems.us

Uni-systems, Inc. is performing sugarcane and sweet sorghum-to-ethanol, electricity and bio-methane specialty process engineering and design services, and will procure and supply most of the equipment as well as perform construction management services. Uni-systems is a recognized global supplier of sugarcane processing-related advanced technologies, integrated process solutions, engineering design, and state-of-the-art equipment.