Governor Dayton: October is Biofuels Month in Minnesota

What does trick-or-treating, leaves changing colors, the World Series, the start of the NHL season and Biofuels Month have in common? They’re all happening this October.

Governor Mark Dayton has declared October Biofuels Month in Minnesota. It’s an opportunity to celebrate and recognize the important role biofuels such as clean, renewable and homegrown ethanol play in building Minnesota’s economy and reducing our impact on the environment and the air we breathe.

Did you know that using ethanol instead of gasoline reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 30-50 percent? Or that more than one billion gallons of ethanol fuel is made in Minnesota annually — enough to pump $5 billion into our state economy and support over 12,000 jobs?

With 21 ethanol plants, the most fueling stations in the nation that carry E85 and three biodiesel plants, Minnesota helped pioneer the biofuels movement and remains a national leader today. This October is an opportunity to celebrate and highlight past achievements while announcing new initiatives and looking forward to future opportunities.

Minnesota’s corn farmers, along with key partners such as the American Lung Association of Minnesota and the Minnesota Biofuels Association, will be sharing biofuels facts, making important biofuels-related announcements and organizing giveaways and campaigns to raise awareness of biofuels throughout the entire month of October.

Keep checking for the latest information, and happy Biofuels Month!

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