Two Sioux Falls Hy-Vee stores will be discounting ethanol-blended gasoline 12 cents per gallon on May 12 in conjunction with their annual Tent Sale. The South Dakota Corn Utilization Council (SDCUC) is sponsoring the ethanol promotion during which time motorists can fill their vehicles at a significant savings.
The Hy-Vee Food stores at 26th and Marion and 26th and Sycamore will be discounting ethanol all day for Hy-Vee customers.
“Come out and enjoy huge savings on ethanol fuel and at the same time support South Dakota’s corn producers,” said Jim Wichman, Hy-Vee general manager. “Ag producers support Sioux Falls businesses every day, and we want to show our appreciation by highlighting the domestically-produced ethanol fuel.”
A live radio remote will broadcast the events at the two Hy-Vee stores, during which ethanol facts will be highlighted, prizes will be given away and Hy-Vee Tent Sale items will be detailed.
“Our goal for the promotion is to spread the good word about ethanol and what it does for our economy,” said Wichman.
The ethanol industry opens up new markets for South Dakota corn growers. Demand for grain from ethanol production, also known as distillers grains, increases net farm income more than $1.2 billion a year. In addition, ethanol burns cleaner than other fuels, reducing carbon monoxide emissions by 25 percent.
“Ethanol is a clean-burning fuel that will lessen our dependence on foreign oil and I encourage everyone to use a product we produce right here at home. It’s a good way to keep the farming community strong and healthy,” said Jerry Rubendall, corn grower from Mitchell, S.D., and SDCUC board member.
This year South Dakota will produce over 420 million gallons of ethanol through its 11 plants located in Scotland, Aberdeen, Huron, Wentworth, Big Stone City, Watertown, Groton, Chancellor, Aurora, Rosholt and Hudson.