The Iowa Corn Growers Association, one of Iowa’s largest commodity groups in the state, are very optimistic about a bill placed before the state legislature. They feel it will pass and be sent on to the governor after getting over a recent 'funnel' deadline.

Radio Iowa reports the bill promises a nice boost for ethanol and biodiesel producers and retailers in Iowa. If the bill succeeds in passing, it will reduce the amount of E-0 gasoline sales that will be sold in the state. These pumps would be replaced with E-10. It would also increase the amount of cash put into infrastructure for E-15 to E-85 and also biodiesel. This according to Mindy Larsen Poldberg, the government relations director of the Iowa Corn Growers Association.

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As far as cost to the gas stations in Iowa, which is a hot button issue, Poldberg says an important aspect of the bill is that grants would be offered to retailers to upgrade their pumps. The bill calls for a 2028 deadline, with retailers able to get grants, up to 70%, in order to make the higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel available to customers.

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Poldberg says the measure has already passed the Iowa House Ways and Means Committee, and the Iowa House is its next stop for the bill.

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