Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced earlier this week that Minnesota gas retailers can receive funds to expand and upgrade ethanol infrastructure with the goal if increasing the demand thr ethanol. The key is adding blender pumps to more gas stations that will allow higher levels of ethanol including E15. The funds come from the USDA's Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP).

"As we see E15 continue to break sales records year after year, it is clear Minnesotans want an option at the pump that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and improves air quality," Minnesota Corn Growers President Tim Waibel said. "Investing in ethanol infrastructure through HBIIP will make it easier than ever for consumers to find E15, bringing us closer to reaching our environmental goals while supporting an ethanol industry thousands of farmers and rural communities depend on."

This is a win for the environment, consumers and Minnesota corn farmers. Plus it is a win for our local rural economies!