$36+ million headed to Kansas ethanol producers to lower costs, ease pandemic burden

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Published: Jun. 11, 2022 at 3:41 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - More than $36 million has been given to Kansas ethanol producers to lower surging costs and ease the burden of losses from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Acting State Director for Rural Development Kansas Dan Fischer announced that the Department has provided $36.25 million to help lower the costs and support biofuel producers who face unexpected market losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The USDA noted that the funds have been made available through the Biofuel Producer Program, which was created as part of the CARES Act.

“The pandemic disrupted the rural economy through market interruptions,” Fischer said. “The USDA is targeting resources to improve the resiliency of critical markets for Kansas farmers and ranchers.”

The USDA said it has made payments to the maintenance and viability of a significant market for agricultural producers of products like corn, soybean or biomass that supply biofuel production.

The Department said these biofuel producers experienced unexpected market losses on a combined 3.7 billion gallons as a result of the pandemic.

The USDA indicated that the following Kansas biofuel producers received grants:

LocationCompanyDescription Award
LiberalConestoga Energy HoldingsFor two facilities that produce ethanol$14,425,052.41
GarnettEast Kansas Agri-EnergyFor one facility that produces ethanol$5,465,393.86
OakleyWestern Plains EnergyFor one facility that produces ethanol$2,498,886.14
PhillipsburgPhillips County Ethanol ProjectFor one facility that produces ethanol$1,702,855.93
PrattPratt EnergyFor one facility that produces ethanol$4,149,000.42
ScandiaNesika EnergyFor one facility that produces ethanol$1,307,544.34
LyonsKansas EthanolFor one facility that produces ethanol$2,131,127.30
RussellPurefield IngredientsFor one facility that produces ethanol$702,118.42
ColwichICM BiofuelsFor one facility that produces ethanol$1,217,993.35
WichitaTrenton Agri ProductsFor one facility that produces ethanol$2,654,855.96

The USDA noted that the announcement is part of a larger national announcement that includes 25 states and 195 biofuel production facilities.

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