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USDA Administrator Visits GM Fort Wayne Assembly Plant Discuss Flex-Fuel Pump Funding

Earlier this week, Judith Canales, Administrator for Rural Business and Cooperative Programs for USDA Rural Development, stopped by the GM assembly plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to discuss Flex-Fuel opportunities available to American business owners. Canales’ visit was part of a three-state tour in the Midwest, where she and other representatives of USDA Rural Development promoted the installation of flexible fuel pumps and a program that retail fuel outlets may qualify for to help pay for these pumps.

The USDA chose to include Fort Wayne Assembly on its list of stops because the plant makes pickup trucks that have Flex-Fuel engines as options.

Phil Lehmkuhler, USDA Rural Development Indiana State Director, David Howell, VP Indiana Corn Marketing Council, Judy Canales, and  Nick Kassanos, Assistant Plant Manager of Fort Wayne Assembly, pose in front of a 2011 Flex-Fuel Chevrolet Silverado HD.

Phil Lehmkuhler, USDA Rural Development Indiana State Director, David Howell, VP Indiana Corn Marketing Council, Judy Canales, and Nick Kassanos, Assistant Plant Manager of Fort Wayne Assembly, pose in front of a 2011 Flex-Fuel Chevrolet Silverado HD.

The USDA recently clarified rules governing a popular Farm Bill program saying that in addition to other energy saving and producing systems, the definition in the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) includes flexible fuel pumps, sometimes referred to as “blender pumps.” This clarification is intended to provide fuel station owners with incentives to install flexible fuel pumps that will offer Americans more renewable energy options. The Obama administration has set a goal of installing 10,000 flexible fuel pumps nationwide within 5 years.

To learn more about USDA renewable energy programs click here.

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