If you missed this year’s Wisconsin’s Farm Technology Days when weather cancelled the show, it’s still possible to get a free, $20 gift card from the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association (WCGA) by providing a receipt for E85 ethanol fuel.
The first 85 people to send WCGA a receipt showing a purchase of eight gallons or more of E85 get $20 PDQ store gift cards. This fuel give-away is part of an on-going, statewide celebration commemorating Wisconsin’s 100 stations that offer E85 fuel and recognizing the contributions ethanol makes to Wisconsin’s air quality and economy. WCGA members distributed some 100 gift cards to various E85 outlets before the Farm Tech show was cancelled due to rain midday on Wednesday, July 16 and several hundred cards at events around the state this summer.
A new poll released by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research shows a majority of Americans overwhelmingly support ethanol. The research found that the pro-ethanol majority is big and broad - crossing party lines and capturing conservatives and environmentalists alike - and that voters view corn-based ethanol favorably, and not as problem contributing to the rising cost of food. For complete survey results, visit http://www.gqrr.com/index.php?ID=2216 .
“With gasoline prices hovering around $4 per gallon, American consumers must realize that ethanol and the country’s Renewable Fuels Standards are part of the solution for rising food and energy costs,” says Randy Woodruff, president of the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association. “Home-grown biofuels are replacing imported oil and helping lower gas prices as much as 40 cents per gallon. In addition, several recent studies have shown that petroleum prices impact retail food costs three times more than farm prices do, yet big oil and food companies continue trying to blame farmers for the high cost of groceries.”
In addition to that, Wisconsin’s nine ethanol plants each inject millions of dollars into their local economies in wages and tax base, while also producing valued-added protein feeds are in high demand from dairy and livestock producers both here and abroad, relates Woodruff.
E85 fuel also is recognized as a Clean Air ChoiceTM by the American Lung Association (ALA) of the Upper Midwest for its ability to reduce ozone-forming pollutants and evaporative emissions. According to the ALA, a typical flex-fuel driver can prevent as much as four tons of lifecycle CO2 and other pollutants from entering our air every year simply by fueling with E85 instead of gasoline.
Receipts for E85 can be mailed to WCGA, W1360 Hwy 106, Palmyra, WI, 53156. For more information on Wisconsin Corn Growers Association visit the web site http://www.wicorn.orgor contact Executive Director Bob Oleson by phone at 262-495-2232 or via E-mail at mailto:Wicorn@idcnet.com.