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USDA Invests $2.2 Million To Expand Renewable Fuels at Ethanol Plant in Mason City

Cecilia Lynch
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USDA Rural Development Senior Advisor Axne Joins State Director Greenfield at Tour of Golden Grain Energy

MASON CITY, Iowa, Nov. 7, 2023 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Senior Advisor Cindy Axne today announced that USDA is awarding a $2,247,011 grant to Golden Grain Energy LLC, an ethanol plant near Mason City, to increase the availability of domestic biofuels and give Americans additional cleaner fuel options at the pump. The funding comes through USDA Rural Development’s Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive program.

“Biofuels are homegrown fuels,” said Axne. “The Biden-Harris Administration is leading the way in expanding the availability of higher-blend fuels as one more choice for American consumers. Our Iowa farmers, our rural economy, and our hard-working neighbors all benefit when these cleaner, more affordable options are easy to access, right there at the gas pump.”

Axne made the announcement while touring the ethanol plant near Mason City with company and industry leaders and with Theresa Greenfield, USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa.

Axne also noted that Pilot Travel Centers LLC is receiving a $481,768 grant through the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive program to expand the sale of renewable fuels with the funding to be divided between locations in 16 states, including Iowa.

Today’s announcement is part of a larger national announcement detailing $5 billion in support for projects in rural America. The announcement is part of President Biden’s Investing in America efforts to rebuild the physical infrastructure of our country to grow the economy for decades to come, create good-paying jobs, and better position rural America to compete in a global economy.

Contact USDA Rural Development

USDA Rural Development has 11 offices across the state to serve the 1.3 million Iowans living in rural communities and areas. Office locations include a state office in Des Moines, along with area offices in Albia, Atlantic, Humboldt, Indianola, Iowa Falls, Le Mars, Mount Pleasant, Storm Lake, Tipton and Waverly.

To learn more about investment resources for rural areas in Iowa, call (515) 284-4663 or visit www.rd.usda.gov/ia. If you’d like to subscribe to USDA Rural Development updates, visit our GovDelivery subscriber page.

Under the Biden-Harris Administration, Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs, and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety, and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural, Tribal, and high-poverty areas.


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