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July 8, 2002

Farm Bureau's goal: pump up ethanol sales

In an effort to raise awareness, the group sponsors a price break on the blended gasoline for 4 hours in Goddard.

The Wichita Eagle

There were no long lines, but business was brisk at the gas pumps at Goddard's Kwik Shop on Tuesday during the Kansas Farm Bureau's "Rally for Ethanol" day.

As part of the promotion at stations across the state, the Farm Bureau sponsored a 10-cent-a-gallon discount on ethanol-blend gasoline to raise consumer awareness of the benefits of ethanol to the environment and the farm economy. Drivers with a Dillons card got another 10 cents off the price.

"Wow, what a bargain," said Karen Ingram, a postal clerk who moved to Wichita 18 months ago from Utah. "I like to burn premium in my car, but I don't always because of the price. This is terrific."

Customers filling up from 7 to 9 a.m. or from 4 to 6 p.m. could buy ethanol-blend for $1.23 a gallon with both discounts, 11 cents below the price of regular unleaded.

Ingram said she stopped at Kwik Shop not because she knew about the promotion but because her car was on empty.

"I hadn't heard a word about this," she said. "I wish my husband was getting off work in time to come down and fill up his Suburban."

Gloria Vickers of Wichita was filling up her 1991 Cadillac.

"I just love ethanol," she said. "It's good for your car. And I love getting a bargain, too."

She said her only complaint is that too few stations offer consumers a choice.

"I used to get it (ethanol) at Coastal," she said. "They quit offering it. It can be kind of hard to find."

Roy Ivers, an Indiana resident on his way to a family vacation in Colorado, agreed.

"I used to see ethanol all the time," he said. "I thought it was such a good idea, giving farmers a market for grain and stretching out the fuel supply, too. But it seems like you don't see nearly as much as you used to."

Farm Bureau spokeswoman Gayle Ross said customers pumped 2,756 gallons of ethanol blend Tuesday.

Kwik Shop manager Scott Cook said he was happy with the promotion. Tuesday's sales in four hours were more than double the volume of ethanol the store normally sells in a full day, he said.



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