The American state of Wisconsin has made available $3.25 million (€2.43 million) of funding to help nine ethanol producers and thousands of farmers and producers who have experienced significant losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Governor Tony Evers announced the funding through the federal Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Governor Evers noted the importance of ethanol production to state supply chains, including the important role ethanol will play in the production of carbon dioxide which is needed to store and distribute the COVID-19 vaccine.
Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor released a statement thanking Governor Evers for his support for ethanol producers.
She said: “Our ethanol industry is being called upon as an essential component to making a nationwide COVID-19 vaccine distribution a success.
“As they have with everything that has been thrown their way this year, like producing safe and effective hand sanitiser or CO2 for dry ice, ethanol producers are stepping up to the plate to serve their communities and the American people. We are grateful for Governor Evers’ support and recognition for the key role Wisconsin’s ethanol production plays in our nation’s success to keep the economy running smoothly and combat this pandemic.”
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