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Dan McGuire

  • dan_mcguireDan McGuire lives in Lincoln but grew up on a diversified farm at Greeley, Nebraska. He is a 1976 graduate of the University of Nebraska - Lincoln with a BA Degree in Journalism. Dan's career work has been dedicated to policies and programs that improve the rural economy through federal farm and trade policy and through renewable energy, ethanol, wind energy, and solar. His professional career positions include: Copywriter and Account Representative with the agricultural division of Bozell and Jacobs, Inc. in Omaha; Agency Director of the Nebraska Wheat Board; and Executive Director of the Interstate Grain Commission. Dan has served on the Nebraska Farmers Union board of directors for 17 years and was the 2012 National Policy Chair of the National Farmers Union Policy Committee. He has been an independent consultant since 1999.

    Dan is Co-Chair of the Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference. Additionally, since 2007 Dan has been the Nebraska Facilitator for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Wind Powering America Wind for Schools program and works closely with the University of Nebraska Wind Applications Center. Dan serves on the wind technician advisory committees of both Northeast Community College and Southeast Community College. Since 1999 Dan has been a consultant and project director of Wealth from the Wind, a national outreach and stakeholder engagement program of the American Corn Growers Foundation (ACGF). Dan represents the ACGF with both the American Wind Energy Association and the Distributed Wind Energy Association, of which ACGF is a member.

    Dan has carried out rural/agriculture outreach for the U.S. Department of Energy Wind Powering America program and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Dan is the 2009 recipient of the U.S. Department of Energy Wind Powering America Midwest Regional Wind Advocacy Award. He also served on the first steering committee of the Wind Energy Works Coalition, an alliance led by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Dan has participated in all the national AWEA WINDPOWER conferences since 2002, and spoke on the “20% wind energy vision” and its benefits for rural America at WINDPOWER 2008 in Houston, Texas, where 13,000+ attended.

    Dan has received numerous awards for his work on national and international farm and trade policy. In support of this work, he has traveled to twenty countries in Europe; the Baltic States; Asia; and North, Central, and South America.