June 6, 2011

Green Plains Expands Agribusiness Operations With Acquisition of Grain Elevator in Northwest Missouri

OMAHA, Neb., June 6, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq:GPRE) announces today that through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Green Plains Grain Company, it has completed the acquisition of 2 million bushels of federally-licensed grain storage located in Hopkins, Missouri previously owned by Horizon Grain of Hopkins, Inc and GS Grain LLC. The grain elevator is located approximately 45 miles from the Company's Shenandoah, Iowa ethanol production facility.

"Expanding our agribusiness operations to further diversify our revenues and cash flows remains a priority for us in 2011," stated Todd Becker, President and Chief Executive Officer. "The close proximity to our ethanol production and grain facilities in southwest Iowa makes this elevator a solid fit within our business platform. Combining this acquisition with our existing storage capacity and the announced expansion of our Tennessee grain assets, we will have 35 million bushels of grain storage capacity within our agribusiness segment by this fall's harvest. We continue to look for additional acquisition opportunities to grow our agribusiness segment."

About Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc.

Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq:GPRE) is North America's fourth largest ethanol producer. The company markets and distributes over one billion gallons of renewable motor fuel on an annual basis, including 740 million gallons of expected production from the company's nine ethanol plants located throughout the U.S. Green Plains also owns and operates grain handling and storage assets and provides complementary agronomy services to local grain producers through its agribusiness segment. Green Plains owns a majority interest in Blendstar, LLC, a biofuels terminal operator with locations in the southern U.S. Green Plains is a joint venture partner in BioProcess Algae LLC, which was formed to commercialize advanced photo-bioreactor technologies for the growing and harvesting of algal biomass.

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CONTACT: Company Contact:

         Jim Stark, Vice President - Investor and Media Relations

         Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc.

         (402) 884-8700

         

         Investor Contact:

         John Baldissera

         BPC Financial Marketing

         (800) 368-1217


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