Pink pumps are popping up at gas stations across northeast Nebraska thanks to Husker Ag. The ethanol plant located in Plainview, Nebraska, and partnering gas stations are promoting Breast Cancer Awareness Month with donations based on ethanol fuel sales through Thanksgiving.
“Breast cancer is an issue that touches all of our lives,” said Bernie Wrede, Husker Ag board member. “Our ethanol plant and retail partners thought this was a great opportunity to contribute by using renewable, locally-produced fuel.”
Husker Ag and participating stations will donate three cents for every gallon of Husker Fuel (E15) sold to breast cancer research. These stations include: Stop N Go in Hartington; Speedee Mart in Norfolk; Osmond Mini Mart in Osmond; One Stop and Tom’s Service in Pierce; and Roadrunner in Plainview.
For stations that do not currently sell Husker Fuel, Husker Ag and participating stations with higher ethanol blends will donate five cents for every gallon of straight ethanol blended with gasoline, including E10 (10 percent ethanol). These stations include: Creighton 59 in Creighton; Lewis & Clark Mini Mart in Crofton; Pilger Pride in Pilger; and The Fox Stop in Yankton, South Dakota.
“Everyone driving a vehicle will be able to participate by choosing ethanol at the pink pump,” Wrede said. “This is a simple way for drivers to support breast cancer research with an errand they complete each week – filling their gas tank.”
Husker Fuel (E15) contains 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline, and is approved for use in all vehicles 2001 or newer. Ethanol blends higher than 15 percent are for use in flex fuel vehicles only. One in seven Nebraskans are driving a flex fuel vehicle, which can run on any blend of American Ethanol up to E85 (85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline). Drivers can check their owner’s manual to see if they’re driving a flex fuel vehicle. The vehicle might also have a flex fuel badge on the trunk or tailgate — or have a yellow gas cap.
American Ethanol is a clean-burning, non-toxic, renewable source of octane. Using homegrown, locally-produced ethanol reduces the levels of harmful chemicals in our fuel — and in the air we breathe.
To learn more about ethanol blends, visit www.AmericanEthanolNE.org and www.HuskerFuel.com.
Husker Ag, LLC is an ethanol production facility built by Fagen Inc. of Granite Falls, Minnesota, and designed by ICM of Colwich, Kansas. With the expansions, Husker Ag now utilizes more than 29 million bushels of corn per year to produce about 85 million gallons of denatured ethanol, expected to be at 90 million gallons by the end of 2017. Husker Ag also produces about 475,000 tons of modified wet distillers grain per year, which is fed by area cattle feeders. Currently, Husker Ag employs 51 full-time employees from several surrounding Nebraska communities including: Norfolk, Pierce, Randolph, Osmond, Plainview, Creighton, Bloomfield, Brunswick, Elgin and Tilden.