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USDA Funds More Ethanol Pumps

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It will soon be more convenient for drivers to fill their tanks with ethanol, including in Kansas.

The USDA announced Thursday that it will provide $100 million in matching grants to 21 states. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says that will increase the number of pumps that can dispense gasoline with higher blends of the bio-fuel. Now, Vilsack says, many gas stations can only accommodate blends of 10 percent ethanol.

"We create additional, ongoing incentives to provide choice, less expensive fuel and energy, more export opportunities," he says. "There’s just a variety of reasons why this is important. Iowa, Nebraska and Illinois are the largest producers of ethanol nationwide."

The USDA estimates that grants will support new pumps at more than 1,400 fueling stations across the country, including in Kansas.

USDA list is here:

http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=2015/09/0249.xml&contentidonly=true