Tour Pumps Up Ethanol in Indiana

The Indiana Corn Marketing Council and Doane Broadcasting’s AgriTalk Radio have teamed up to bring the ethanol pump tour to Indiana. Two stops are slated for Aug. 8 and 9 and will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Patrons will not only get their gas pumped but will have a chance to win a $25 courtesy gas card.

Indianapolis, Indiana – August 5, 2003 [] The tour commences Friday, with AgriTalk radio personality Mike Adams hosting a live remote at The Convenience Store of Speedway in Frankfort. When not on the air, Adams, along with other ethanol interested volunteers, will be pumping gas and handing out ethanol promotional items. The Frankfort Speedway is located at 1401 Wabash Street. On Saturday, Rushville Mayor Bob Bridges will be on hand at The Convenience Store of the Rushville Speedway at 731 North Main Street in Rushville, pumping gas and distributing ethanol promotional items. “The tour was designed as a opportunity to let people know that ethanol is available in Indiana,” said Matt Gibson, an Indiana corn grower and board member of the Indiana Corn Marketing Council (ICMC). He said Indiana corn growers’ voluntary checkoff dollars, collected by the ICMC, helped fund this event. In 2001, 1.77 billion gallons of ethanol were produced, but that number is predicted to grow tremendously over the next few years, he added. “It will give growers a sense of pride to know their corn is being used to make ethanol,” said Gibson. Each location will be giving away a $25 gas card courtesy of Speedway. “Ethanol in my tank, AgriTalk on my radio,” is the theme of the event. “By offering ‘full service’ pumping at gas stations and in talking with motorists about ethanol, we are able to educate and inform them about these positive benefits,” Adams said. “It also gives us the opportunity to clear up inaccurate claims and concerns people may have heard about ethanol. All of our previous stops have drawn good crowds and have given motorists the opportunity to talk with the producers of their ethanol fuel, American farmers.” This is the second year for the event. Last year, the tour made five stops across the nation. This year four more stops have been added, bringing the total to nine. “I’ve had several AgriTalk listeners ask me about ethanol availability in Indiana,” Adams said. “So I am really looking forward to bringing the pump tour to Indiana and working with the Indiana Corn Marketing Council.” The mission of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is to create and increase opportunities for corn growers in a changing world and to enhance corn’s profitability and usage. NCGA represents more than 32,000 members, 25 affiliated state corn grower organizations and hundreds of thousands of growers who contribute to state checkoff programs.
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