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    Casey's Enters Iowa Biodiesel Market

    Retailer adds the alternative fuel to its first corporate-owned store.

    JOHNSTON, Iowa -- Casey's General Stores has added biodiesel to its first corporate-owned store in Iowa, winning the praises of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA), according to a report by the Web site Grainnet.com.

    The state of Iowa now has 187 stations offering biodiesel blends.

    "It's exciting to see Casey's enter the biodiesel market in Iowa," said IRFA's managing director, Lucy Norton. "We're hopeful that if everything goes well, this is just the beginning. Iowa's truckers and farmers are increasingly demanding biodiesel blends because of its superior lubricity and lower price -- not to mention it's home-grown."

    To celebrate the new product, Casey's sold biodiesel discounted 5 cents per gallon from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday at the Pleasantville location.

    The promotion was sponsored by the Iowa Clean Air Choice Team, a group of organizations that have come together in an effort to educate consumers about the environmental, economic and national security benefits of using renewable fuels.

    The team consists of the IRFA, Kum & Go, American Lung Association of Iowa, General Motors, Iowa Corn Promotion Board, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Iowa Soybean Association, National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition, Iowa Biodiesel Board and Siouxland Energy & Livestock Cooperative, Grainnet.com reported.

    Entities wishing to install E85 or biodiesel retailing sites can apply for grants through the $13 million Iowa Department of Economic Development infrastructure program.

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