News Release
Release No.STELPRD4017391
ContactTammi Schone(605) 352-1102
Scotland, SD, Jun 29, 2012 --

@@Sherrie Lewis, Rural Development Area Specialist represented South Dakota State Director Elsie M. Meeks during an Open House at the Main Stop in Scotland to celebrate the installation of an ethanol blender pump.

“USDA Rural Development is working towards creating a brighter future for South Dakota’s farms and small businesses through the use of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies,” said Meeks. “I congratulate Main Stop on their efforts to become energy-efficient and self-sustaining.”

Main Stop is a commercial site in Scotland, SD. This project will replace one gasoline pump with one flexible fuel dispenser and associated equipment. Rural Development funding for the project was awarded through a Rural Energy for America Program grant of $9,934 that was leveraged with an applicant contribution of $39,736.

“The edition of the blender pump has been a new and exciting addition to the city of Scotland and all of our patrons,” said Mel Haase, Co-owner of Main Stop.

For more information on the REAP program, which is authorized under the 2008 Farm Bill, please visit or contact Ken Lynch, Business and Cooperative Programs Specialist, at 605-352-1120.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an active portfolio of more than $170 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural areas.