Local Jones County Farmer Wins $500 of Biodiesel-blended Fuel

Contact: Cassidy Walter

JOHNSTON, IOWA – Tony Covington of Jones county is one of eight winners in a 2018 biodiesel giveaway at the Farm Progress Show.

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) partnered with the Iowa Soybean Association and Iowa Biodiesel Board during the 2018 Farm Progress Show to offer Iowa farmers eight chances to win $500 worth of biodiesel-blended fuel. Farmers from across the state entered to win during the three-day event in Boone.

“I am thrilled to be one of the eight winners of this contest,” Covington said. “As a farmer, biodiesel adds a lot of value to my business and I’m excited to support fuel produced right here in my local community.”

Biodiesel is commonly made from soybean oil, animal fat, corn oil, and used cooking oil. It reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 86 percent, adds 63 cents to each bushel of Iowa soybeans, and increases the value of Iowa livestock.

Covington will be using biodiesel from Molo Oil in Dubuque, just like the fuel produced at Western Dubuque Biodiesel in nearby Farley.

“The biodiesel we produce at Western Dubuque Biodiesel is high quality and good for Iowa’s economy and environment,” said Tom Brooks, general manager of the biodiesel plant. “We appreciate Tony’s support and hope more farmers will follow his lead by supporting the fuel that supports them.”





















Tony Covington’s family farm.

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association represents the state’s liquid renewable fuels industry and works to foster its growth. Iowa is the nation’s leader in renewable fuels production with 44 ethanol refineries capable of producing nearly 4.4 billion gallons annually – including over 60 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol – and 12 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce 400 million gallons annually. For more information, visit the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association website at: www.IowaRFA.org.