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Source: United States House of Representatives – Representative Jim Hagedorn (MN-01)

ALBERT LEA, Minn. – Today, Congressman Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) joined U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue and agriculture stakeholders from Minnesota and Iowa at the Trail’s Travel Center in Albert Lea.

During the event, USDA announced Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) grants that will help small businesses like Trail’s expand the use of E15 and help promote American energy independence, increase the private sector supply of renewable fuels, and expand access to affordable, clean fuel across southern Minnesota and the nation.

“In the First District, we have 11 ethanol plants and two biodiesel facilities that create demand for corn and soybean production and contribute a great deal to our southern Minnesota way of life. They serve as major employers for our residents, help power our rural communities and, along with farmers and other agri-businesses, are a driving force in the economy.

“The HBIIP initiative announced by Secretary Perdue will do a great deal to increase demand and keep our biofuels industry strong as we continue rebuilding our economy.

“Thanks to Secretary Perdue and his team at USDA for their terrific work implementing this program and for working with me to uphold the Renewable Fuel Standard,” said Hagedorn.

In his speech, Secretary Perdue reaffirmed his commitment to upholding the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) and putting a stop to small refinery exemptions (SRE): 

“Those small refinery waivers are absolutely off the table. 15 billion gallons will be 15 billion gallons, and that’s good news for our Ag sector,” said Perdue.

Later, the secretary added that he “enjoys working with Congressman Hagedorn to help farmers sustain operations and promote rural economic development.”

Watch Rep. Hagedorn and Secretary Perdue’s full remarks here.

Jim Hagedorn was elected in 2018 to represent Minnesota’s First District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He grew up on his family’s grain and livestock farm near Truman. Jim’s father, former U.S. Congressman Tom Hagedorn (MN-02), grandfather, and great-grandfather were all southern Minnesota farmers. Jim currently resides in the rural farming community of Blue Earth. Hagedorn brings policy experience to Capitol Hill from time spent as a congressional aide to former U.S. Congressman Arlan Stangeland (MN-07) and a congressional relations officer for two non-partisan U.S. Department of the Treasury agencies. Hagedorn serves on the House Committees on Agriculture and Small Business to promote farming, Main Street enterprises and southern Minnesota’s way of life.