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Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the
Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc. Shareholder Meeting to be Held on May 14, 2014
Under Securities and Exchange Commission rules, you are receiving this notice that the proxy materials for the annual shareholders meeting are available on the Internet. Follow the instructions below to view the materials and vote online or request a paper copy. The items to be voted on and location of the annual meeting are on the reverse side. Your vote is important!
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The 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders of Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc. will be held at 10:00 a.m., Central Time, on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at the Omaha Marriott located at 10220 Regency Circle, Omaha, Nebraska.
Proposals to be voted on at the meeting are listed below along with the Board of Directors recommendations.
The Board of Directors recommends a vote FOR both nominees listed in Proposal 1 and a vote FOR Proposals 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6:
|1.||To elect two directors to serve three-year terms that expire at the 2017 annual meeting: Jim Anderson, and Wayne Hoovestol.|
|2.||To approve an amendment to the Companys Articles of Incorporation to change the name of the corporation from Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc. to Green Plains Inc.|
|3.||To approve features related to the issuance of common stock upon conversion of the Companys 3.25% Convertible Senior Notes due 2018, including flexible settlement.|
|4.||To approve the Companys Umbrella Short-Term Incentive Plan.|
|5.||To approve the material terms of the performance goals under the Companys 2009 Equity Incentive Plan, as amended, for purposes of Internal Revenue Code Section 162(m).|
|6.||To cast an advisory vote to approve the Companys executive compensation.|
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