Award recognizes Nebraska Corn Board support of ethanol program

Grant money is still available from the Nebraska Corn Board
for station owners looking to install ethanol blender pumps.

LINCOLN, NE – The Nebraska Corn Board was among the organizations honored with the Paul Dana Marketing Vision Award for their support of the national Blend Your Own Ethanol (BYOethanol) campaign.

The award was presented by the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) at the organization’s recent conference.

The BYOethanol campaign launched a year ago when ACE and the Renewable Fuels Association partnered to create a first-ever single source of ethanol information and technical expertise for petroleum marketers looking to upgrade their equipment and offer more ethanol choices to customers. By serving as a central clearinghouse for renewable fuels information and infrastructure incentives, BYOethanol brings e85 and other flex-fuel blends like E20 and E30 to key areas of the country.

The Nebraska Corn Board supports the campaign financially and by working to provide fuel marketers in Nebraska with information on higher ethanol blends and the benefits of ethanol blender pumps. The Nebraska Corn Board also offers $5,000 grants to gas stations that install blender pumps. The grants are in addition to federal tax incentives.

“We’re honored to be recognized by ACE for our support of BYOethanol and for our efforts to expand fuel choice for Nebraska motorists,” said Curt Friesen, a farmer from Henderson and member of the Nebraska Corn Board. “At the same time, we want to let Nebraska station owners know that grant money is still available should they be considering installing a blender pump.”

Since the Nebraska Corn Board’s grant program began last year, several grants have been awarded – and blender pumps installations are in progress at several locations, while others like the Country Partners Cooperative location in Ord, are already up and running.

“We’d love to assist more station owners who are looking to install blender pumps and help increase the availability of higher ethanol blends for those who drive flex fuel vehicles,” Friesen said.

Station owners who would like more information on the grant program are encouraged to contact the Nebraska Corn Board or visit www.NebraskaCorn.org and click on the Blender Pump Info icon.

The Paul Dana Marketing Vision Award was established in honor of the late Indy Racing League driver Paul Dana who understood the importance of developing markets for ethanol and worked tirelessly to make his vision of fueling the IRL with ethanol a reality. In addition to the corn organizations in Nebraska, the National Corn Growers Association and 10 other state corn organizations were honored with the award.

For more information about the BYOethanol campaign, visit www.byoethanol.com.

The Nebraska Corn Board is a self-help program, funded and managed by Nebraska corn farmers. Producers invest in the program at a rate of 1/4 of a cent per bushel of corn sold. Nebraska corn checkoff funds are invested in programs of market development, research and education. For more, go to www.NebraskaCorn.org.

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