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Missouri passes Renewable Fuels Standard

Missouri Governor Matt Blunt signed the Missouri Renewable Fuels Standard into law Wednesday, boosting the availability and use of biofuels and requiring all gasoline sold in the state to contain 10% ethanol by 2008.

The legislation requires marketers to use ethanol blends after January 1, 2008, whenever the price is competitive with gasoline. Premium-grade gasoline is exempted from the ethanol standard.

"There was a lot of time and effort devoted to making this legislation as effective as possible," said Missouri Corn Growers Association president Terry Hilgedick. "The result is model legislation which ensures availability for a homegrown fuel and a market for the corn we produce. This statewide standard would not have been possible without the commitment of over 2,500 farm families that have invested in the ethanol industry and the thousands of others that are working together to strengthen and revitalize our rural communities. This team effort in a rapidly developing industry is something that benefits everyone."

Missouri is the seventh state to pass RFS legislation. Minnesota and Hawaii have a 10% ethanol standard, Montana has passed a 10% requirement that will take effect when the state reaches 40 million gallons of ethanol production, Iowa will require 10% ethanol beginning in 2009, and Washington and Louisiana require 2% biofuel blends.

There are currently three ethanol plants in production in Missouri, two under construction, and several more under development.

Missouri Governor Matt Blunt signed the Missouri Renewable Fuels Standard into law Wednesday, boosting the availability and use of biofuels and requiring all gasoline sold in the state to contain 10% ethanol by 2008.

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