News Release
Release No.STELPRD4018162
ContactMark Simmons(660) 584-8732, Ext. 4
Mercer, MO, Aug 31, 2012 --

@@In a ribbon cutting ceremony on August 31, 2012, Matt Moore, Business Program Director for USDA Rural Development, announced the award of $59,040 in grant funds to Hometown Fuel Inc., located in Mercer. The grant funds were used to assist with the purchase of two new flex fuel dispensers and two new biodiesel pumps, and represent approximately 25 percent of the total project costs to equip the new station. The assistance consists of a Rural Energy for America (REAP) Grant from USDA Rural Development. Additionally, the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council contributed grant dollars toward the purchase of the flex-fuel dispensers and related equipment.

“Our town lost its only gas station a little over a year ago. We realized how much the community missed it and decided to replace it with a new facility that would reduce our dependency on foreign oil and have the only flex fuel pumps in the area” said Lori Porter of Hometown Fuel. “We have always been strong supporters of ethanol and wanted to give consumers in our area a choice in the fuel they use.”     

"The addition of these flex fuel pumps is a great opportunity for Missouri to expand its biofuels infrastructure and allows drivers to utilize a fuel that is locally produced and better for the environment," said Bradley Schad, Missouri Corn director of ethanol policy. "Missouri Corn is proud to work with our partners to help provide consumers with a Missouri-made product."

For additional information on current Rural Development projects, please visit Rural Development’s new interactive web map featuring program funding and success stories for fiscal years 2009-2011. The data can be found at:

USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values. President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of Federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $172 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 America.

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