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Perdue directive on higher blends

The National Biodiesel Board welcomes Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue’s new directive for higher biodiesel blends.

Perdue updated members of the House Ag Committee about it,
“We’ll be doing a higher blends infrastructure incentive program of $100-Million in helping the retailers to move to the infrastructure that can support ethanol E15 and B20 and higher.”

Perdue says they’re taking applications and the awards will be competitive, “Really, to make sure that we get skin in the game from the retailers as well as just accepting a grant.”

Perdue has also directed the USDA fleet to increase its purchases of biodiesel and renewable diesel blends by up to three million gallons.

Kurt Kovarik, NBB’s VP of Federal Affairs, said, “NBB’s members appreciate Secretary Perdue’s strong support for soybean growers and biodiesel producers and USDA’s leadership in driving demand for higher blends of biodiesel and renewable diesel.

The National Corn Growers Associsation is also pleased, saying “Moving to vehicles that can use E85 or biodiesel will increase efficiencies and performances of the USDA fleet, one of the largest civilian fleets in the federal government.”

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