Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey is encouraging Iowa fuel retailers and gas stations to submit nominations for the annual Iowa Agriculture Secretary's Renewable Fuels Marketing Awards, which recognize fuel retailers who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to sell renewable fuels. Awards are presented for both the marketing of ethanol and of biodiesel.
"Fuel retailers continue to take steps to make ethanol and biodiesel more available to Iowa customers. This award is an opportunity to recognize those who have shown leadership in promoting these renewable fuels and making them more available to customers," says Northey.
Qualifying entities will be those who market the renewable fuels they have available through creative efforts including, but not limited to: hosting special events highlighting their renewable fuels, development of creative signage, initiation of new advertisements or marketing efforts, and efforts to dramatically increase renewable fuel availability.
Nominate someone now; forms must be submitted before January 1, 2012
Nominations forms can be found on the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship's website at www.IowaAgriculture.gov. Completed nominations can be submitted via email at [email protected] or mail at Henry A. Wallace Building, Attn: Dustin Vande Hoef, 502 East 9th Street, Des Moines IA 50319. Nominations must be submitted by January 1, 2011.
The winners will be recognized during a meeting of the Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Stores of Iowa in Des Moines on January 10, 2012. This is the fifth year for the award. Last year Kyle Krause of Kum & Go and Roger Baschke of Green Plains Energy Company were recognized.
Iowa leads the nation in the production of ethanol and biodiesel. According to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Iowa has 41 ethanol refineries with the capacity to produce nearly 3.7 billion gallons annually. Iowa also has 12 biodiesel refineries with a combined annual capacity of over 315 million gallons.
The Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program offers cost-share grants for the installation of E85 dispensers, blender pumps, biodiesel dispensers, and biodiesel storage facilities. The grant program is managed by Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and more information can be found on the Department's website at www.IowaAgriculture.gov.