USDA funds on the way to support Nebraska ethanol

Source: By Steve White, NTV • Posted: Monday, October 12, 2020

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Thursday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has invested $22 million to increase American ethanol and biodiesel sales.

In Nebraska, Aurora Cooperative will benefit from $300,000 to replace 12 dispensers and 10 storage tanks at 10 fueling stations. This project is expected to increase the amount of ethanol sold by 791,510 gallons per year.

These funds were made available through the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) to recipients in 14 states.

The initial $22 million in HBIIP investments are projected to increase ethanol demand by nearly 150 million gallons annually.

“Investments made through the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program are helping rural communities build stronger economies and will give consumers more choices when they fill up at the pump,” Secretary Perdue said. “President Trump has expanded ethanol use by unleashing year-round E15, and the result is more demand for American farmers and more affordable fuel for American consumers.”

USDA is funding projects in California, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Utah and Wisconsin.

USDA plans on announcing the remaining HBIIP investments in the coming weeks.

National Corn Growers Association joined Perdue in southern Minnesota for an ethanol event as well.


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