Washington, D.C. 20549







Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of the

Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)

September 1, 2017




(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)


001-37469   47-3822258
(Commission file number)   (IRS employer identification no.)
1811 Aksarben Drive, Omaha, Nebraska   68106
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip code)

(402) 884-8700

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)



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Item 3.01 Notice of Delisting or Failure to Satisfy Continued Listing Rule or Requirement; Transfer of Listing.

On September 1, 2017, John D. Chandler, who has served as a member of the board of directors of Green Plains Holdings LLC, the general partner of Green Plains Partners LP, a member of the board’s conflicts committee and a member of the board’s audit committee since June 30, 2016, informed the partnership of his resignation, effective immediately. Mr. Chandler informed the partnership that his resignation occurred as he had accepted a position with another publically traded company. His resignation was not the result of any disagreement related to the general partner or the partnership’s operations, policies or practices.

Mr. Chandlers’ resignation has created a vacancy on the general partner’s board of directors, conflicts committee and audit committees for an independent member of the board. As a result, the audit committee of the general partner does not currently have at least three independent directors as required under Nasdaq Rule 5605(c)(2)(A).

On September 5, 2017, the partnership provided notice to Nasdaq that Mr. Chandler’s resignation caused non-compliance with the above-referenced Nasdaq rule. In response, on September 5, 2017, the partnership received notice from Nasdaq stating that the partnership no longer complies with Nasdaq’s audit committee requirements as set forth in Listing Rules 5605 and 5615(a)(4)(C). Consistent with Listing Rule 5605(c)(4), Nasdaq will provide a cure period to regain compliance until September 1, 2018. The general partner intends to fill this vacancy on the board of the general partner and its audit committee and regain compliance with the above-referenced Nasdaq rule within such cure period.

Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangement of Certain Officers.

The information regarding Mr. Chandler’s resignation from the board of directors of the general partner and its audit committee is incorporated herein by reference.

Item 7.01. Regulation FD Disclosure.

On September 6, 2017, the partnership issued a press release announcing this resignation, which is included as Exhibit 99.1 and incorporated herein by reference.

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.


(d) Exhibits. The following exhibits are filed as part of this report.





99.1    Press release, dated September 6, 2017


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


    Green Plains Partners LP
Date: September 6, 2017     By:   /s/ Jerry L. Peters        

Jerry L. Peters

Chief Financial Officer

(Principal Financial Officer)


Exhibit 99.1



Green Plains Partners Announces Resignation of John D. Chandler from its Board

OMAHA, Neb., Sept. 6, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Green Plains Partners LP (NASDAQ:GPP) today announced that it has accepted the resignation of John D. Chandler from the board of directors of its general partner, Green Plains Holdings LLC. Chandler informed the partnership he was leaving to accept a chief financial officer position at The Williams Companies. His departure is not due to any disagreement with the partnership’s operations, policies or practices.

“I would like to thank John for his leadership on the partnership’s board of directors,” commented Todd Becker, president and chief executive officer of Green Plains Partners. “John’s contributions during the partnership’s early years were integral to firmly establishing our growth strategy.”

The general partner intends to fill the vacancy on the partnership’s board of directors, as well as on the audit and conflicts committees with another independent director and has initiated the process to identify and select an appropriate replacement.

About Green Plains Partners LP

Green Plains Partners LP (NASDAQ:GPP) is a fee-based Delaware limited partnership formed by Green Plains Inc. to provide fuel storage and transportation services by owning, operating, developing and acquiring ethanol and fuel storage tanks, terminals, transportation assets and other related assets and businesses.


Jim Stark

Vice President, Investor & Media Relations