Area Fuel Retailers Receive Grant Funding

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program Board at its recent quarterly meeting approved 74 grants to fuel retailers in 38 counties, including a couple in the area.

First Cooperative Association in Marcus was awarded a 50 thousand dollar grant for an E15 project. An E15 project for a new Kwik Star in Spencer was also awarded a 50 thousand dollar grant.

The board awarded an all-time quarterly record of 73 ethanol cost-share projects, which will lead to the installation of new ethanol infrastructure to increase Iowans’ access to lower cost, cleaner burning E15.

A total of 3.4 million dollars in grants was awarded by the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program Board in January. To date, 5.4 million dollars of funding has been awarded this fiscal year to 119 biofuels infrastructure projects. The Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Board will consider additional RFIP grant applications during its next quarterly meeting this spring. The RFIP grant application is available on the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s website.

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May unenployment holds at 2.8%

The jobs numbers are out for May and Iowa Workforce Development director, Beth Townsend, says they are positive. “The unemployment rate