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Becker  ~   - %President and Chief Executive Officer       (and Director) John W. Neppl~ Chief Financial Officer Jeffery S. Briggs~ .&Chief Operating Officer and President,Green Plains Ethanol Michelle S. Mapes~ .&Chief Legal and Administration Officer' George P. (Patrich) Simpkins~ !Chief Development Officer Walter S. Cronin~ -%Executive Vice President ? Commercial Operations Mark A. Hudak~ 2*Executive Vice President ? Human Resources Paul E. Kolomaya~ 4,Executive Vice President ? Commodity Finance Michael A. Metzler~ 0(Executive Vice President ? Natural Gas & Power Kenneth M. Simril~ )!President ? Fleischmann?s Vinegar Anthony R. Vojslavek~ 2*Executive Vice President ? Risk Management# Jim Anderson (1) (2) (4)~ Director  James Crowley (1) (4)~ Director# Gene Edwards (1) (2) (4)~ Director Gordon Glade (1) (3)~ Director Ejnar Knudsen (1)~ DirectorDlvj^ kbm\pN_ !"#$%&'  Thomas Manuel (2) (3)  ~    Director! Brian Peterson (3)!!~ !!!!Director" Alain Treuer (2) (3)""~ """"Director#$$%____________________________1&)Created by Morningstar Document Research.0'(http://documentresearch.morningstar.com/b=PF0*8X> @"''&&%%  l     dMbP?_*+%,&٭e2?'٭e2?(٭e2?)٭e2?",D/??*!Securities Exchange Act of 1934GREEN PLAINS INCGREEN PLAINS INC (1)Summary Compensation!Company and Regulatory Defined !MEETING AGENDA AND VOTING RECOMSummary Compensation (1)GOVERNANCE HIGHLIGHTSMeetings of the BoardCommittees of the Board!Stock Ownership Guidelines Proh!Executive Officers and Director!The following discussion and an!SIGNIFICANT ACTIONS TAKEN IN REPay for Performance!Compensation Program ObjectivesPerformance Peer Group BASE SALARY!Annual Incentive Award Opportun Annual Incentive Award Formula Annual Incentive Award For (1)Determination of PayoutsDetermination of Payouts (1)!Fiscal 2017 LongTerm Incentive Changes to the LTI Program Changes to the LTI Program (1) Changes to the LTI Program (2)Summary Compensation (3)Stock Option GrantsOutstanding Equity Awards!Option Exercises and Stock VestEquity AccelerationEquity Acceleration (1)Equity Acceleration (2)Equity Acceleration (3)Equity Acceleration (4)Equity Acceleration (5)Compensation of DirectorsEquity Compensation PlansBeneficial Ownership!Security Ownership of Managemen INDEPENDENT PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTSU } =} $ } $      Green Plains Inc.DEF 14A 03/29/2018Summary Compensation  EXECUTIVE OVERVIEW ~ B9 1 COMPENSATION PROGRAM OBJECTIVES AND PHILOSOPHY ~ Z6 . ROLES OF COMPENSATION COMMITTEE, MANAGEMENT ~ ^# AND INDEPENDENT CONSULTANTS5 - USE OF PEER COMPANIES IN SETTING EXECUTIVE ~ b.&COMPENSATION AND MEASURING PERFORMANCE91 MIX OF SALARY AND INCENTIVE AWARDS (AT TARGET)~ f;3 COMPONENTS OF FISCAL 2017 EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION~ jPROGRAM$____________________________1)Created by Morningstar Document Research.0(http://documentresearch.morningstar.com/0cvjF a:^=PF0*8X> @ l    dMbP?_*+%,&٭e2?'٭e2?(٭e2?)٭e2?",D/??*!Securities Exchange Act of 1934GREEN PLAINS INCGREEN PLAINS INC (1)Summary Compensation!Company and Regulatory Defined !MEETING AGENDA AND VOTING RECOMSummary Compensation (1)GOVERNANCE HIGHLIGHTSMeetings of the BoardCommittees of the Board!Stock Ownership Guidelines Proh!Executive Officers and DirectorSummary Compensation (2)!SIGNIFICANT ACTIONS TAKEN IN REPay for Performance!Compensation Program ObjectivesPerformance Peer Group BASE SALARY!Annual Incentive Award Opportun Annual Incentive Award Formula Annual Incentive Award For (1)Determination of PayoutsDetermination of Payouts (1)!Fiscal 2017 LongTerm Incentive Changes to the LTI Program Changes to the LTI Program (1) Changes to the LTI Program (2)Summary Compensation (3)Stock Option GrantsOutstanding Equity Awards!Option Exercises and Stock VestEquity AccelerationEquity Acceleration (1)Equity Acceleration (2)Equity Acceleration (3)Equity Acceleration (4)Equity Acceleration (5)Compensation of DirectorsEquity Compensation PlansBeneficial Ownership!Security Ownership of Managemen INDEPENDENT PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTSU } } $ } 1      Green Plains Inc.DEF 14A 03/29/2018kcThe following discussion and analysis contains statements regarding future individual and company p    NAME  TITLE    Todd A. Becker - %President and Chief Executive Officer   (and Director) John W. NepplChief Financial OfficerJerry L. Peters (1)&Former Chief Financial OfficerKenneth M. Simril)!President - Fleischmann?s VinegarJeffrey S. Briggs.&Chief Operating Officer and President,Green Plains Ethanol!Carl S. (Steve) Bleyl (2)1)Former Executive Vice President ? Ethanol Marketing$____________________________1)Created by Morningstar Document Research.0(http://documentresearch.morningstar.com/8?3'+\s =PF0*8X> @ l  h),8DG  dMbP?_*+%,&٭e2?'٭e2?(٭e2?)٭e2?",D/??*!Securities Exchange Act of 1934GREEN PLAINS INCGREEN PLAINS INC (1)Summary Compensation!Company and Regulatory Defined !MEETING AGENDA AND VOTING RECOMSummary Compensation (1)GOVERNANCE HIGHLIGHTSMeetings of the BoardCommittees of the Board!Stock Ownership Guidelines Proh!Executive Officers and DirectorSummary Compensation (2)!The following discussion and anPay for Performance!Compensation Program ObjectivesPerformance Peer Group BASE SALARY!Annual Incentive Award Opportun Annual Incentive Award Formula Annual Incentive Award For (1)Determination of PayoutsDetermination of Payouts (1)!Fiscal 2017 LongTerm Incentive Changes to the LTI Program Changes to the LTI Program (1) Changes to the LTI Program (2)Summary Compensation (3)Stock Option GrantsOutstanding Equity Awards!Option Exercises and Stock VestEquity AccelerationEquity Acceleration (1)Equity Acceleration (2)Equity Acceleration (3)Equity Acceleration (4)Equity Acceleration (5)Compensation of DirectorsEquity Compensation PlansBeneficial Ownership!Security Ownership of Managemen INDEPENDENT PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTSU } 7} $ }  @} $ }   h     Green Plains Inc.DEF 14A 03/29/2018WOSIGNIFICANT ACTIONS TAKEN IN RESPONSE TO SAY ON PAY VOTES AND INVESTOR FEEDBACK  WHAT WE HEARD   ACTIONS TAKEN   EFFECTIVE     STARTING      Special Awards /'? Special?awards should be reserved for80? Special?awards will only be made to compensateFY 2018limited circumstances2*new hires for equity they forfeit at their1)former employer or for targeted retention2*for critical and at risk executives. Where7/special awards are made for retention purposes,4,they will vest over a longer period of time. Plan Design/'? A?meaningful portion of the executive/'? Beginning?in 2018, one half of awardsFY 2018-%officers? long-term incentive program1)to executive officers under the LTIP will/'(LTIP) should vest based on performance1)be in the form of performance share units1)(PSUs) which vest based on the attainment-%of pre-established performance goals.2*? Market?preference toward forward-looking:2? We?have shifted from a backward-looking/trailing( performance measurement for LTIP4,performance measurement to a forward-looking-%performance measurement for our LTIP,D lSG;/PTV_; !"#$%&'()*+,-./0123456789:;<=>?  3 +with PSUs earned at the end of a three year!!=!5performance period based 1 ? 2 on total shareholder""3"+return relative to a performance peer group##4#,and 1 ? 2 based on the company?s return on$$$net assets (RONA).%%%2&*? Eliminate?excise tax gross-up provisions&2&*? Mr.?Becker agreed to an amendment to his&''-'%employment agreement to eliminate the((0((excise tax gross-ups provision regarding))0)(change in control benefits that had been**/*'in his agreement for a number of years.+++!,? Adopt?a clawback policy,7,/? We?adopted a compensation recovery (clawback),--3-+policy to allow the Board to recover annual..3.+or long-term incentive awards in connection//-/%with a material financial restatement00,0$resulting from executive misconduct.11122203(? Market?preference toward consideration353-? We? granted PSUs, which utilize a relative364.of total shareholder return (TSR) in incentive444,TSR measure , weighted 50%, to further align5payouts565.our NEOs? interests with shareholder interests666and expectations.777-8%? Separate?metrics in incentive plans848,? We?adopted separate metrics for our annual899*9"incentive bonus and LTIP programs.:::3;+? Support?for financial performance metrics;3;+? We?have adopted RONA as a measure for our;2<*that can be reconciled to peers easily and<1<)PSUs, given the importance of our returns0=(align pay for performance vs. peer group=0=(to long-term shareholder value creation.>>>???D= lX _Fu,@ f v@ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ[\]^_@? Peer?group update@2@*? We?re-evaluated our peer group to better@@ FY 2016 andAA7A/align with our company following the completionAAFY 2018BB.B&of acquisitions and business evolutionCC3C+and introduced a new performance peer groupDD Dfor use with PSU awards.EEE/F'? No?immediate vesting of equity awardsF/F'? We? eliminated the immediate vestingFFFY 2015G under LTIPG:G2of 25% of equity awards under our LTIP. RestrictedHH2H*share units (RSUs) vest 1/3 on each of theII-I%first, second and third anniversariesJJ4J,of the grant date and PSUs, if earned, cliffKK3K+vest at the end of a three year performanceLLLperiod.MMM$N? Stock?ownership guidelinesN0N(? We?have stock ownership guidelines andNNFY 2011OO1O)we have always prohibited stock pledging,PP0P(as well as hedging, transactions, unlessQQ&Qthe Board grants an exception.RRRSCEO CompensationT6U.? Concern?with level of CEO target and maximumU1U)Moved towards a more typical compensationUUVbonus opportunityV/V'mix for 2018, increasing the CEO?s baseWW.W&salary, but maintaining a below marketXX4X,median salary and reducing his target annualYY/Y'incentive to 200% of salary and maximumZZ0Z(annual incentive to 2x the target bonus.[[[\\\] Proxy Design^3_+? Provide?an executive summary in the Proxy_0_(? 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We?have expanded disclosures on our shareholderff5f-input, practices, governance and ESG matters.ggg$>=PF0*8X> @:ddccbb]]SS  l  V  dMbP?_*+%,&٭e2?'٭e2?(٭e2?)٭e2?",D/??*!Securities Exchange Act of 1934GREEN PLAINS INCGREEN PLAINS INC (1)Summary Compensation!Company and Regulatory Defined !MEETING AGENDA AND VOTING RECOMSummary Compensation (1)GOVERNANCE HIGHLIGHTSMeetings of the BoardCommittees of the Board!Stock Ownership Guidelines Proh!Executive Officers and DirectorSummary Compensation (2)!The following discussion and an!SIGNIFICANT ACTIONS TAKEN IN RE!Compensation Program ObjectivesPerformance Peer Group BASE SALARY!Annual Incentive Award Opportun Annual Incentive Award Formula Annual Incentive Award For (1)Determination of PayoutsDetermination of Payouts (1)!Fiscal 2017 LongTerm Incentive Changes to the LTI Program Changes to the LTI Program (1) Changes to the LTI Program (2)Summary Compensation (3)Stock Option GrantsOutstanding Equity Awards!Option Exercises and Stock VestEquity AccelerationEquity Acceleration (1)Equity Acceleration (2)Equity Acceleration (3)Equity Acceleration (4)Equity Acceleration (5)Compensation of DirectorsEquity Compensation PlansBeneficial Ownership!Security Ownership of Managemen INDEPENDENT PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTSU } y#} $ } }  $ } } $                      Green Plains Inc.DEF 14A 03/29/2018Pay for Performance     YEAR ~ ~  ~   ~   CEO Pay Measure:             Annual Bonus Payout ~ r  ~ V  ~ z   % Change       +21%    -63% % Absolute Performance Measure:            EBITDA (non-GAAP)33333_@e@  Lc@ $____________________________1)Created by Morningstar Document Research.0(http://documentresearch.morningstar.com/,)|wkMd=PF0*8X> @b         l  =h?s  dMbP?_*+%,&٭e2?'٭e2?(٭e2?)٭e2?",D/??*!Securities Exchange Act of 1934GREEN PLAINS INCGREEN PLAINS INC (1)Summary Compensation!Company and Regulatory Defined !MEETING AGENDA AND VOTING RECOMSummary Compensation (1)GOVERNANCE HIGHLIGHTSMeetings of the BoardCommittees of the Board!Stock Ownership Guidelines Proh!Executive Officers and DirectorSummary Compensation (2)!The following discussion and an!SIGNIFICANT ACTIONS TAKEN IN REPay for PerformancePerformance Peer Group BASE SALARY!Annual Incentive Award Opportun Annual Incentive Award Formula Annual Incentive Award For (1)Determination of PayoutsDetermination of Payouts (1)!Fiscal 2017 LongTerm Incentive Changes to the LTI Program Changes to the LTI Program (1) Changes to the LTI Program (2)Summary Compensation (3)Stock Option GrantsOutstanding Equity Awards!Option Exercises and Stock VestEquity AccelerationEquity Acceleration (1)Equity Acceleration (2)Equity Acceleration (3)Equity Acceleration (4)Equity Acceleration (5)Compensation of DirectorsEquity Compensation PlansBeneficial Ownership!Security Ownership of Managemen INDEPENDENT PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTSU } I;} $ } I; =     Green Plains Inc.DEF 14A 03/29/20186.Compensation Program Objectives and Philosophy     OBJECTIVE  PROGRAM DESIGN   - %Attract and retain superior employees , $? Designedthe executive compensation9 1in key positions, with compensation opportunities 0 (program to provide a mix of base salary,91that are competitive relative to the compensation/'target annual cash incentive awards and0(offered to similarly-situated executives1)target LTIP award values that are aligned#at companies similar to us.4,with the program?s principles and objectives80and are competitive with the target compensation4,levels offered by our Pay Levels Peer Group.2*Reward the achievement of specific annual,0(? Provided,approximately 90% of CEO 2017&long-term and strategic goals.5-annual target total compensation in incentive2*compensation and on average, approximately9166% of all other NEO?s annual target compensation"in incentive compensation.1)? Providedsufficiently challenging upside-%opportunities on annual and long-term,$incentive compensation for exceeding.&target goals, balanced with reductions1)from target opportunities for performancebelow target goals.0(? Tiedpayouts under the annual incentive1)plan to key financial objectives, as wellD lth\P, 0gwH_EbU\'=PF0*8X> @<<;;:: l  )  dMbP?_*+%,&٭e2?'٭e2?(٭e2?)٭e2?",D/??*!Securities Exchange Act of 1934GREEN PLAINS INCGREEN PLAINS INC (1)Summary Compensation!Company and Regulatory Defined !MEETING AGENDA AND VOTING RECOMSummary Compensation (1)GOVERNANCE HIGHLIGHTSMeetings of the BoardCommittees of the Board!Stock Ownership Guidelines Proh!Executive Officers and DirectorSummary Compensation (2)!The following discussion and an!SIGNIFICANT ACTIONS TAKEN IN REPay for Performance!Compensation Program Objectives BASE SALARY!Annual Incentive Award Opportun Annual Incentive Award Formula Annual Incentive Award For (1)Determination of PayoutsDetermination of Payouts (1)!Fiscal 2017 LongTerm Incentive Changes to the LTI Program Changes to the LTI Program (1) Changes to the LTI Program (2)Summary Compensation (3)Stock Option GrantsOutstanding Equity Awards!Option Exercises and Stock VestEquity AccelerationEquity Acceleration (1)Equity Acceleration (2)Equity Acceleration (3)Equity Acceleration (4)Equity Acceleration (5)Compensation of DirectorsEquity Compensation PlansBeneficial Ownership!Security Ownership of Managemen INDEPENDENT PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTSU } $}  $ } $ )                                 Green Plains Inc.DEF 14A 03/29/2018Performance Peer Group        The Andersons  Apache Corporation & Archer-Daniels-Midland Company Anadarko Petroleum          Carrizo Oil & Gas  Concho Resources  ConocoPhillips  Bunge Limited      Delek US Holdings Devon Energy  Energen CorporationDarling Ingredients  'Forum Energy Technologies, Inc.Halliburton Company  Helmerich & PayneEOG Resources Inc.   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"""""" " # Valero Energy##Westlake Chemical##Whiting Petroleum# # WPX Energy, Inc.$%$&____________________________1')Created by Morningstar Document Research.0((http://documentresearch.morningstar.com/Ly=PF0*8X> @(( '' && ####           l    dMbP?_*+%,&٭e2?'٭e2?(٭e2?)٭e2?",D/??*!Securities Exchange Act of 1934GREEN PLAINS INCGREEN PLAINS INC (1)Summary Compensation!Company and Regulatory Defined !MEETING AGENDA AND VOTING RECOMSummary Compensation (1)GOVERNANCE HIGHLIGHTSMeetings of the BoardCommittees of the Board!Stock Ownership Guidelines Proh!Executive Officers and DirectorSummary Compensation (2)!The following discussion and an!SIGNIFICANT ACTIONS TAKEN IN REPay for Performance!Compensation Program ObjectivesPerformance Peer Group!Annual Incentive Award Opportun Annual Incentive Award Formula Annual Incentive Award For (1)Determination of PayoutsDetermination of Payouts (1)!Fiscal 2017 LongTerm Incentive Changes to the LTI Program Changes to the LTI Program (1) Changes to the LTI Program (2)Summary Compensation (3)Stock Option GrantsOutstanding Equity Awards!Option Exercises and Stock VestEquity AccelerationEquity Acceleration (1)Equity Acceleration (2)Equity Acceleration (3)Equity Acceleration (4)Equity Acceleration (5)Compensation of DirectorsEquity Compensation PlansBeneficial Ownership!Security Ownership of Managemen INDEPENDENT PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTSU } } $ }  } $ }  }  $ } U} $                           Green Plains Inc.DEF 14A 03/29/2018 BASE SALARY          EXECUTIVE   FISCAL 2016    FISCAL 2017    PERCENTAGE    ANNUAL   ANNUAL   INCREASE   SALARY   SALARY          Mr. Becker $ 525,000 $ 525,000    0%  Mr. Neppl (1)~  $ 400,000    NA Mr. Peters (2) $ 343,750 $ 350,000    2% Mr. Simril (3)~  $ 350,000    NA  Mr. Briggs $ 343,750 $ 350,000    2%  Mr. Bleyl (4) $ 293,750 $ 300,000    2% $____________________________1)Created by Morningstar Document Research.0(http://documentresearch.morningstar.com/63 s V'j^R*=PF0*8X> @Z          l    dMbP?_*+%,&٭e2?'٭e2?(٭e2?)٭e2?",D/??*!Securities Exchange Act of 1934GREEN PLAINS INCGREEN PLAINS INC (1)Summary Compensation!Company and Regulatory Defined !MEETING AGENDA AND VOTING RECOMSummary Compensation (1)GOVERNANCE HIGHLIGHTSMeetings of the BoardCommittees of the Board!Stock Ownership Guidelines Proh!Executive Officers and DirectorSummary Compensation (2)!The following discussion and an!SIGNIFICANT ACTIONS TAKEN IN REPay for Performance!Compensation Program ObjectivesPerformance Peer Group BASE SALARY Annual Incentive Award Formula Annual Incentive Award For (1)Determination of PayoutsDetermination of Payouts (1)!Fiscal 2017 LongTerm Incentive Changes to the LTI Program Changes to the LTI Program (1) Changes to the LTI Program (2)Summary Compensation (3)Stock Option GrantsOutstanding Equity Awards!Option Exercises and Stock VestEquity AccelerationEquity Acceleration (1)Equity Acceleration (2)Equity Acceleration (3)Equity Acceleration (4)Equity Acceleration (5)Compensation of DirectorsEquity Compensation PlansBeneficial Ownership!Security Ownership of Managemen INDEPENDENT PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTSU } }  $                          Green Plains Inc.DEF 14A 03/29/2018,$Annual Incentive Award Opportunities    Executive  Target Cash Bonus  Potential Award Range   as a Percent of Base  as a Percent of Base   Salary  Salary       Mr. Becker  300%  0 - 600% Mr. Neppl (1) 80%0 - 200%Mr. Peters (2) 80%0 - 200% Mr. Simril 80%0 - 200% Mr. Briggs 80%0 - 200% Mr. Bleyl (3) 80%0 - 200%$____________________________1)Created by Morningstar Document Research.0(http://documentresearch.morningstar.com/4~rfZk17zR=PF0*8X> @                l  !(  dMbP?_*+%,&٭e2?'٭e2?(٭e2?)٭e2?",D/??*!Securities Exchange Act of 1934GREEN PLAINS INCGREEN PLAINS INC (1)Summary Compensation!Company and Regulatory Defined !MEETING AGENDA AND VOTING RECOMSummary Compensation (1)GOVERNANCE HIGHLIGHTSMeetings of the BoardCommittees of the Board!Stock Ownership Guidelines Proh!Executive Officers and DirectorSummary Compensation (2)!The following discussion and an!SIGNIFICANT ACTIONS TAKEN IN REPay for Performance!Compensation Program ObjectivesPerformance Peer Group BASE SALARY!Annual Incentive Award Opportun Annual Incentive Award For (1)Determination of PayoutsDetermination of Payouts (1)!Fiscal 2017 LongTerm Incentive Changes to the LTI Program Changes to the LTI Program (1) Changes to the LTI Program (2)Summary Compensation (3)Stock Option GrantsOutstanding Equity Awards!Option Exercises and Stock VestEquity AccelerationEquity Acceleration (1)Equity Acceleration (2)Equity Acceleration (3)Equity Acceleration (4)Equity Acceleration (5)Compensation of DirectorsEquity Compensation PlansBeneficial Ownership!Security Ownership of Managemen INDEPENDENT PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTSU } y#} $ !     Green Plains Inc.DEF 14A 03/29/2018&Annual Incentive Award Formula                Objective (1)  Weighting (i.e.,  Threshold (20%   Target (100%  Maximum (150% to   Potential Points)   of Points)   of Points)  250% of Points) (2)                   Ethanol EBITDA 45% $59 million   $82 million $118 million     Non- Ethanol EBITDA 20% $30 million   $85 million $154 million     RONA 10% 1%   5% 9%     Plant Safety 5% 66-72 points   80-86 points 94-100 Points    % Individual Performance and 20% N/A   N/A N/A Committee Discretion  $____________________________1)Created by Morningstar Document Research.D lxl`dE5'O @                    l  x  dMbP?_*+%,&٭e2?'٭e2?(٭e2?)٭e2?",D/??*!Securities Exchange Act of 1934GREEN PLAINS INCGREEN PLAINS INC (1)Summary Compensation!Company and Regulatory Defined !MEETING AGENDA AND VOTING RECOMSummary Compensation (1)GOVERNANCE HIGHLIGHTSMeetings of the BoardCommittees of the Board!Stock Ownership Guidelines Proh!Executive Officers and DirectorSummary Compensation (2)!The following discussion and an!SIGNIFICANT ACTIONS TAKEN IN REPay for Performance!Compensation Program ObjectivesPerformance Peer Group BASE SALARY!Annual Incentive Award Opportun Annual Incentive Award FormulaDetermination of PayoutsDetermination of Payouts (1)!Fiscal 2017 LongTerm Incentive Changes to the LTI Program Changes to the LTI Program (1) Changes to the LTI Program (2)Summary Compensation (3)Stock Option GrantsOutstanding Equity Awards!Option Exercises and Stock VestEquity AccelerationEquity Acceleration (1)Equity Acceleration (2)Equity Acceleration (3)Equity Acceleration (4)Equity Acceleration (5)Compensation of DirectorsEquity Compensation PlansBeneficial Ownership!Security Ownership of Managemen INDEPENDENT PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTSU } +} $ } } $ }       Green Plains Inc.DEF 14A 03/29/2018&Annual Incentive Award Formula     # Payout as a % of the Target   Bonus         Level of Attainment CEO Other NEOs,$ Threshold (at or above 40 points) 66.7% 62.5%)! Target (at or above 80 points) 100% 100%+# Maximum (at or above 120 points) 200% 250%$____________________________1)Created by Morningstar Document Research.0(http://documentresearch.morningstar.com/@Dxl`$t8a;=PF0*8X> @*   l  '0  dMbP?_*+%,&٭e2?'٭e2?(٭e2?)٭e2?",D/??*!Securities Exchange Act of 1934GREEN PLAINS INCGREEN PLAINS INC (1)Summary Compensation!Company and Regulatory Defined !MEETING AGENDA AND VOTING RECOMSummary Compensation (1)GOVERNANCE HIGHLIGHTSMeetings of the BoardCommittees of the Board!Stock Ownership Guidelines Proh!Executive Officers and DirectorSummary Compensation (2)!The following discussion and an!SIGNIFICANT ACTIONS TAKEN IN REPay for Performance!Compensation Program ObjectivesPerformance Peer Group BASE SALARY!Annual Incentive Award Opportun Annual Incentive Award Formula Annual Incentive Award For (1)Determination of Payouts (1)!Fiscal 2017 LongTerm Incentive Changes to the LTI Program Changes to the LTI Program (1) Changes to the LTI Program (2)Summary Compensation (3)Stock Option GrantsOutstanding Equity Awards!Option Exercises and Stock VestEquity AccelerationEquity Acceleration (1)Equity Acceleration (2)Equity Acceleration (3)Equity Acceleration (4)Equity Acceleration (5)Compensation of DirectorsEquity Compensation PlansBeneficial Ownership!Security Ownership of Managemen INDEPENDENT PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTSU } } $ } } $ } <} $ } <} $ } m} $ } } $ }  '                                 Green Plains Inc.DEF 14A 03/29/2018 Determination of Payouts                   Objective   Weighting   Threshold   Target (100%   Maximum (150%  Actual  Points   (i.e., Potential  (20% of   of Points)   to 250% of   Performance 2  Earned   Points)  Points)     Points) 1              Ethanol EBITDA 45% $59 million $82 million $118 million   $49.9 million ~           Non- Ethanol EBITDA 20% $30 million $85 million $154 million  $147.1 million ~  N         RONA 10% 1% 5% 9%   2.26%  @         Plant Safety 5% 66-72 points 80-86 points 94-100 Points   95 points  @        ! 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14A 03/29/2018.&Fiscal 2017 Long-Term Incentive Awards      EXECUTIVE  NUMBER    GRANT DATE   AWARD AS A % OF    OF RSUs   VALUE    BASE SALARY           Mr. Becker  ~    ~     614%               Mr. Neppl (1)~ ~ $    150%     Mr. Peters (2)~ ~     NA      Mr. Simril~ ~     NA      Mr. Briggs~ s~ VK#    165%      Mr. Bleyl (3)~ ~ ^    144%     $____________________________1)Created by Morningstar Document Research.0(http://documentresearch.morningstar.com/>R 0|pdX-Jbx7[=PF0*8X> @j          l  "  dMbP?_*+%,&٭e2?'٭e2?(٭e2?)٭e2?",D/??*!Securities Exchange Act of 1934GREEN PLAINS INCGREEN PLAINS INC (1)Summary Compensation!Company and Regulatory Defined !MEETING AGENDA AND VOTING RECOMSummary Compensation (1)GOVERNANCE HIGHLIGHTSMeetings of the BoardCommittees of the Board!Stock Ownership Guidelines Proh!Executive Officers and DirectorSummary Compensation (2)!The following discussion and an!SIGNIFICANT ACTIONS TAKEN IN REPay for Performance!Compensation Program ObjectivesPerformance Peer 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Percentile 0%$____________________________1)Created by Morningstar Document Research.0(http://documentresearch.morningstar.com/0L|pdf_ Q =PF0*8X> @r            l  -b_j  dMbP?_*+%,&٭e2?'٭e2?(٭e2?)٭e2?",D/??*!Securities Exchange Act of 1934GREEN PLAINS INCGREEN PLAINS INC (1)Summary Compensation!Company and Regulatory Defined !MEETING AGENDA AND VOTING RECOMSummary Compensation (1)GOVERNANCE HIGHLIGHTSMeetings of the BoardCommittees of the Board!Stock Ownership Guidelines Proh!Executive Officers and DirectorSummary Compensation (2)!The following discussion and an!SIGNIFICANT ACTIONS TAKEN IN REPay for Performance!Compensation Program ObjectivesPerformance Peer Group BASE SALARY!Annual Incentive Award Opportun Annual Incentive Award Formula Annual Incentive Award For (1)Determination of PayoutsDetermination of Payouts (1)!Fiscal 2017 LongTerm Incentive Changes to the LTI Program Changes to the LTI Program (1) Changes to the LTI Program (2)Stock Option GrantsOutstanding Equity 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AWARDS   EQUITY   OTHER  ~ !           ($) (1)    INCENTIVE   COMP.                   PLAN   ($) (3)                 COMP.        ($) (2)      Todd Becker (4)~ "~ " ~  (   ~  ~ ~ X~ President and Chief~ "~ " ~     ~  ~ n~ N~ KExecutive Officer~ "~~ " ~     ~  5~ [~ I~ > John Neppl (4) (5)~ "~ ~  "0   ~  $~ ~ A~ :1Chief Financial Officer      Jerry Peters (4) (6)~ "~ ~  z   ~  ~ ~  Y~ m&Former Chief Financial Officer~ "~     ~  ~ "~ γ~  H~ "~~ O    ~  $~ ~ &~ HF Kenneth Simril (7)~ "~ \~  R   ~  ~ l<~ ~ Z)!President ? Fleischmann?s Vinegar      Jeff Briggs (4)~ "~ \~      ~  VK#~ ~ >~ RCD6lvj&,`:wX4p  !"#$%&'()*+,. &Chief Operating Officer and President, ~ "  ~    ~    ~    ~ n   ~    ~ J !Green Plains Ethanol!~ !"~!!~ !O!!!~ ! ! ! ! ~ ! $!!!~ !!!!~ !!!!~ !zAF!""""" 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TARGETMAXIMUM(#) (3) THRESHOLD ~  !~ !~ !~  B@    ~ b!`~ B~ ~  Todd Becker3/2/17~      ~ ~ ~  ~  John Neppl (4)~  5     ~ ~ 0~ ~ 9/11/17~      ~ ~ ~ ~ $ Jerry Peters (5)~ ~      ~ ~ ~ ~  Kenneth Simril~  b     ~ ~ *~ ~  Jeff Briggs~  b     ~ ~ *~ ~ 3/2/17~      ~ ~ ~ s~ VK# Steve Bleyl (6)3/2/17~      ~ ~ ~ ~ ^$____________________________1)Created by Morningstar Document Research.D6lwk[4x3cT 0 (http://documentresearch.morningstar.com/H=PF0*8X> @                   l  .a  dMbP?_*+%,&٭e2?'٭e2?(٭e2?)٭e2?",D/??*!Securities Exchange Act of 1934GREEN PLAINS INCGREEN PLAINS INC (1)Summary Compensation!Company and Regulatory Defined !MEETING AGENDA AND VOTING RECOMSummary Compensation (1)GOVERNANCE HIGHLIGHTSMeetings of the BoardCommittees of the Board!Stock Ownership Guidelines Proh!Executive Officers and DirectorSummary Compensation (2)!The following discussion and an!SIGNIFICANT ACTIONS TAKEN IN REPay for Performance!Compensation Program ObjectivesPerformance Peer Group BASE SALARY!Annual Incentive Award Opportun Annual Incentive Award Formula Annual Incentive Award For (1)Determination of PayoutsDetermination of Payouts (1)!Fiscal 2017 LongTerm Incentive Changes to the LTI Program Changes to the LTI Program (1) Changes to the LTI Program (2)Summary Compensation (3)Stock Option Grants!Option Exercises and Stock VestEquity AccelerationEquity Acceleration (1)Equity Acceleration (2)Equity Acceleration (3)Equity Acceleration (4)Equity Acceleration (5)Compensation of DirectorsEquity Compensation PlansBeneficial Ownership!Security Ownership of Managemen INDEPENDENT PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTSU } } $ } y } $ }  } $ } m} $ } y } $ } } $ } } $ }  } $ .     Green Plains Inc.DEF 14A 03/29/2018!Outstanding Equity Awards          OPTION AWARDS (2)  STOCK AWARDS (2)  NAME (1)  GRANT   NUMBER OF   NUMBER OF  OPTION  OPTION  NUMBER   MARKET    DATE   SECURITIES   SECURITIES  EXERCISE   EXPIRATION  OF   VALUE      UNDERLYING   UNDERLYING  PRICE  DATE  SHARES   OF      UNEXERCISED   UNEXERCISED ~ !    OR   SHARES OPTIONS (#) OPTIONS (#)     UNITS OR EXERCISABLE UNEXERCISABLE     OF UNITS     STOCK OF     THAT STOCK     HAVE THAT     NOT HAVE    VESTED NOT     (#)VESTED     ~ !      Todd Becker12/22/09~ ~  (\(@  12/22/19  ~  ~ 2/6/15~ ~ ~  ~    ~  `~ (2/12/16~ ~ ~  ~    ~   ~ z3/2/17~ ~ ~  ~    ~   ~ a   John Neppl9/11/17~ ~ ~  ~    ~  ~ J!  Jerry Peters (3)~ ~ ~ ~  ~    ~  ~ D l}qe 'Gj3l (%.8 !"#$%&'()*+,-        !Kenneth Simril!!10/3/16!~ !!~ !!~ !! ~ ! ! ! ~ ! !!!~ !F4 !"""""" 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ACQUIRED ON~ !EXERCISEVESTING (#) (#)~ ~ ~ j~  Todd Becker (1) John Neppl~ ~ ~ ~  Jerry Peters (2)~ ~ ~ ~ >SI Kenneth Simril (3)~ ~ ~ Zd~  Jeff Briggs (4)~ ~ ~ r~ " Steve Bleyl (5)~ ~ ~ ~ H$____________________________1)Created by Morningstar Document Research.0(http://documentresearch.morningstar.com/@ Dui]`$ L9)=PF0*8X> @*   l  Y  dMbP?_*+%,&٭e2?'٭e2?(٭e2?)٭e2?",D/??*!Securities Exchange Act of 1934GREEN PLAINS INCGREEN PLAINS INC (1)Summary Compensation!Company and Regulatory Defined !MEETING AGENDA AND VOTING RECOMSummary Compensation (1)GOVERNANCE HIGHLIGHTSMeetings of the BoardCommittees of the Board!Stock Ownership Guidelines Proh!Executive Officers and DirectorSummary Compensation (2)!The following discussion and an!SIGNIFICANT ACTIONS TAKEN IN REPay for Performance!Compensation Program ObjectivesPerformance Peer Group BASE SALARY!Annual Incentive Award Opportun Annual Incentive Award Formula Annual Incentive Award For (1)Determination of PayoutsDetermination of Payouts (1)!Fiscal 2017 LongTerm Incentive Changes to the LTI Program Changes to the LTI Program (1) Changes to the LTI Program (2)Summary Compensation (3)Stock Option GrantsOutstanding Equity Awards!Option Exercises and Stock VestEquity Acceleration (1)Equity Acceleration (2)Equity Acceleration (3)Equity Acceleration (4)Equity Acceleration (5)Compensation of DirectorsEquity Compensation PlansBeneficial Ownership!Security Ownership of Managemen INDEPENDENT PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTSU } %} $ } y} $ } y} $                              Green Plains Inc.DEF 14A 03/29/2018Equity Acceleration           TERMINATION    CHANGE IN    WITHOUT CAUSE    CONTROL ($)    OR FOR GOOD       REASON ($) Todd Becker Termination Compensation!Base Salary and Bonus (1)~ M ?Equity Vesting (2)~ #I~ #I Benefits and Perquisites$Post-Termination Health Care~ ~ ?'Certain Relocation Benefits (3) Total~ n*~ #I$____________________________1)Created by Morningstar Document Research.0(http://documentresearch.morningstar.com/< wkOnJOE66*=PF0*8X> @J        l    dMbP?_*+%,&٭e2?'٭e2?(٭e2?)٭e2?",D/??*!Securities Exchange Act of 1934GREEN PLAINS INCGREEN PLAINS INC (1)Summary Compensation!Company and Regulatory Defined !MEETING AGENDA AND VOTING RECOMSummary Compensation (1)GOVERNANCE HIGHLIGHTSMeetings of the BoardCommittees of the Board!Stock Ownership Guidelines Proh!Executive Officers and DirectorSummary Compensation (2)!The following discussion and an!SIGNIFICANT ACTIONS TAKEN IN REPay for Performance!Compensation Program ObjectivesPerformance Peer Group BASE SALARY!Annual Incentive Award Opportun Annual Incentive Award Formula Annual Incentive Award For (1)Determination of PayoutsDetermination of Payouts (1)!Fiscal 2017 LongTerm Incentive Changes to the LTI Program Changes to the LTI Program (1) Changes to the LTI Program (2)Summary Compensation (3)Stock Option GrantsOutstanding Equity Awards!Option Exercises and Stock VestEquity AccelerationEquity Acceleration (2)Equity Acceleration (3)Equity Acceleration (4)Equity Acceleration (5)Compensation of DirectorsEquity Compensation PlansBeneficial Ownership!Security Ownership of Managemen INDEPENDENT PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTSU } } $ }  } $ }  } $                           Green Plains Inc.DEF 14A 03/29/2018Equity Acceleration           TERMINATION    CHANGE IN    WITHOUT CAUSE    CONTROL ($)    OR FOR GOOD       REASON ($)    John Neppl Termination Compensation!Base Salary and Bonus (1)~ $ ?Equity Vesting (2)~ J!~ J! 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REFLECTED IN COLUMN (a))      !Equity compensation plans~ ~ #zG(@  ~  n%S $approved by security holders             Total~ #zG(@  ~  n%S     $____________________________1)Created by Morningstar Document Research.0(http://documentresearch.morningstar.com/> 0}qe-5:v>=PF0*8X> @            l  /,dh  dMbP?_*+%,&٭e2?'٭e2?(٭e2?)٭e2?",D/??*!Securities Exchange Act of 1934GREEN PLAINS INCGREEN PLAINS INC (1)Summary Compensation!Company and Regulatory Defined !MEETING AGENDA AND VOTING RECOMSummary Compensation (1)GOVERNANCE HIGHLIGHTSMeetings of the BoardCommittees of the Board!Stock Ownership Guidelines Proh!Executive Officers and DirectorSummary Compensation (2)!The following discussion and an!SIGNIFICANT ACTIONS TAKEN IN REPay for Performance!Compensation Program ObjectivesPerformance Peer Group BASE SALARY!Annual Incentive Award Opportun Annual Incentive Award Formula Annual Incentive Award For (1)Determination of PayoutsDetermination of Payouts (1)!Fiscal 2017 LongTerm Incentive Changes to the LTI Program Changes to the LTI Program (1) Changes to the LTI Program (2)Summary Compensation (3)Stock Option GrantsOutstanding Equity Awards!Option Exercises and Stock VestEquity AccelerationEquity Acceleration (1)Equity Acceleration (2)Equity Acceleration (3)Equity Acceleration (4)Equity Acceleration (5)Compensation of DirectorsEquity Compensation Plans!Security Ownership of Managemen INDEPENDENT PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTSU } -} $ } y} $ } } $ /                                 Green Plains Inc.DEF 14A 03/29/2018Beneficial Ownership        NAME AND ADDRESS OF  AMOUNT AND NATURE OF   PERCENT BENEFICIAL OWNER  BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP    OF CLASS (1)         ~ "@    12.8% Blackrock, Inc. (2)55 East 52 nd StreetNew York, NY 10055~  9.5%*"Point72 Asset Management, L.P. (3)72 Cummings Point RoadStamford, CT 06902~  8.6%( Dimensional Fund Advisors LP (4)( 6300 Bee Cave Road, Building OneAustin, TX 78746~  8.5%*"Van Eck Associates Corporation (5)#666 Third Avenue, 9th FloorNew York, NY 10017~  8.4%*"Daruma Capital Management, LLC (6)626 King AvenueDB lvj4t2R&l> ! " # $ % & ' ( ) * + , - .  Bronx, NY 10464!!!~ !B!!! !7.3%!$"The Vanguard Group, Inc. 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