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January 16, 2014

Danielsen's take renewable fuels marketing award

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey announced that Russ and Barb Danielsen from Southern Iowa Oil and Jason Stauffer from STAR Energy are the 2014 winners of the Secretary’s Biodiesel and Ethanol Marketing awards. The awards were created by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship to recognize fuel marketers that have gone above and beyond in their efforts to promote and sell renewable fuels.

“Both winners have gone to great lengths to make biodiesel and ethanol more available to Iowa drivers and I appreciate the effort and investment they have made to promote these home-grown fuels,” Northey said. “Iowa is fortunate many retailers like STAR Energy and Southern Iowa Oil that make it a priority to make the fuels we produce in this state available to customers.”

The Secretary’s Ethanol and Biodiesel Marketing awards were designed to recognize businesses that market the renewable fuels they have available through creative efforts.

The winners were announced and recognized during the Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Stores of Iowa annual meeting in Des Moines on Jan. 14. The Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores of Iowa is a non-profit state trade association serving the needs of independent petroleum marketers and convenience store owners throughout the state of Iowa.

Russ and Barb Danielsen own Southern Iowa Oil and are the winners of the 2014 Secretary's Biodiesel Marketing award winner. Southern Iowa Oil is a family business serving the surrounding areas of Albia and Centerville and they have their own retail locations in Chariton and Corydon.

The Danielsen’s are long-time supporters of the renewable fuels industry and have made it a priority to offer biodiesel options to all of their customers. Their retail locations proudly sell biodiesel blends and work to promote this home-grown environmentally friendly fuel.

Iowa leads the nation in the production of ethanol and biodiesel. According to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Iowa has 42 ethanol refineries with the capacity to produce over 3.8 billion gallons annually and has three cellulosic ethanol facilities under construction. Iowa also has 12 biodiesel refineries with a combined annual capacity of over 315 million gallons.

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