Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey announced on January 14 that Mark McKinley and Galen Barker from Fuel Time in St. Ansgar and Steve Neuendorf from Farmers Win Cooperative in Fredericksburg are the 2015 winners of the Secretary's Ethanol and Biodiesel Marketing Awards. The awards were created by the Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship to recognize fuel marketers that have gone above and beyond in their efforts to promote and sell renewable fuels.
"Fuel Time in St. Ansgar and Farmers Win Cooperative in Fredericksburg have made it a priority to make biodiesel and ethanol more available to Iowa drivers and promote these home-grown fuels," Northey says.
Recognizing creativity in marketing efforts for renewable fuels
The Secretary's Ethanol and Biodiesel Marketing Awards are designed to recognize businesses that 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 dramatically increase renewable fuel availability.
The winners were announced and recognized during the Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Stores of Iowa Annual Meeting in Des Moines on January 13. The Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Stores of Iowa is a non-profit state trade association serving the needs of independent petroleum marketers and convenience store owners throughout the state of Iowa.
"Fuel marketers are the place where customers access the home-grown, clean-burning renewable fuels we produce here in Iowa. Our state is fortunate to have many retailers that have made a significant investment to give customers greater access and choice to these renewable fuels," notes Northey.
Ethanol marketing award winner actively promotes higher blends
Mark McKinley and Galen Barker from Fuel Time in St. Ansgar are the 2015 winners of the Secretary's Ethanol Marketing Award winner. Fuel Time sources its ethanol from the local ethanol plant and passes the saving on to customers, and the result has been that on several occasion it offered the lowest priced fuel in the country.
The facilities at the Fuel Time station were recently remodeled and they have had a number of events promoting E15 and higher blends of ethanol at the site. In response to their aggressive promotion and competitive pricing of renewable fuels, monthly sales show that E85 sales are typically equal to or greater than E10 sales.
McKinley and Barker were nominated for the award by Rick Schwarck, president/CEO of Absolute Energy, an ethanol plant located in St. Ansgar. State Representative Josh Byrnes, who represents the area, also supported the nomination.
Biodiesel marketing award winners make customer choice
Steve Neuendorf of the Farmers Win Cooperative in Fredericksburg is the winner of the 2015 Secretary's Biodiesel Marketing Award. Farmers Win Cooperative, under Neuendorf's leadership, has made it a priority to give customers a choice at the pump, including access to higher blends of biodiesel. Farmers Win has installed a biodiesel blender pump that in spring thru fall offers a clear #2 diesel as well as blends of 10% (B10), 20% (B20), 30% (B30), and 50% (B50). They now offer these products in Burr Oak and Fredericksburg.
Neuendorf and Farmer Win Cooperative were nominated for the award by the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association.
Renewable fuels industry overview
Iowa leads the nation in the production of ethanol and biodiesel. According to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Iowa has 43 ethanol refineries with the capacity to produce over 3.8 billion gallons annually, including 22 million gallons of annual cellulosic ethanol production capacity and one more cellulosic ethanol facility under construction. 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 & Land Stewardship. More information can be found on the Department's website.