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Funding available for new biofuels initiatives

By Staff | Sep 21, 2015

Branstad, reynolds, Northey announce new opportunity

leader in the production and use of homegrown ethanol and biodiesel.

“I hope that other states will follow Iowa’s leadership in an industry that supports agriculture, creates reward- ing careers and increases family incomes in rural America, provides lower cost alternatives for consumers and reduces our dependence on foreign oil.”

Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds applauded the funding as a way for Iowa to expand con- sumer access to renewable fuels, saying, “The ‘Fueling Our Future 100’ initiative is a public-private partnership to expand consumer access to biofuels. It’s a win-win for farmers, biofuel producers and consumers, and positions Iowa for continued growth.”

Iowa Secretary of Agricul- ture Bill Northey noted the importance of this initiative and said, “This program will give Iowans more choices at the pump and greater access to clean-burning, home- grown renewable fuels.

“It is important we build the infrastructure that will al- low Iowans to access and use the fuels we produce right here in our state.”

This new initiative is an example of a great partner- ship across state government and with various stakehold- ers, including collaboration between the Governor’s of- fice, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stew- ardship, Iowa Department of Transportation, and Iowa Economic Development Au- thority.

DES MOINES (IDALS) – Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, Iowa Sec. of Agri- culture Bill Northey today announced that the state will receive funding for the new “Fueling Our Future 100” initiative from a competitive grant from the United States Department of Agriculture Biofuel Infrastructure Part- nership Program.

This funding renews Iowa’s commitment to giv- ing consumers choices at the fuel pump.

The state’s revised appli- cation requested funding of approximately $5 million and final amounts will be an- nounced by USDA in the

near future. Iowa’s new “Fueling Our

Future 100″ initiative sets the ambitious goal of adding 100 new fueling sites in 18 months with an estimated 187 blender pumps to pro- vide consumers with access to higher blends of ethanol.

The expanded choices from new fueling locations will lower costs for con- sumers, add value to agricul- tural products, enhance our nation’s energy security and provide specific air quality benefits.

The program, which also requires a private match, is expected to support approxi- mately $10 million in higher ethanol blend projects in

“This program will give Iowans more choices at the pump and greater access to clean-burning, home-grown renewable fuels.”

-Bill Northey Iowa secretary of agriculture

Iowa with a partnership of investment from retailers, the state, and federal govern- ment.

Funds will be available to any interested retailer, coop- erative or interested stake- holder to assist with in- stalling infrastructure related components that are neces- sary for the delivery of the

higher ethanol blended fuel. Additional information on this program will be an- nounced upon grant agree-

ment finalization. Upon learning of Iowa se-

curing the Biofuels Infra- structure Partnership pro- gram funding, Gov. Branstad said, “Our state is a proud

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