Stepping up to fill a need

Iowa biofuel plants are making hand sanitizer ingredients from corn and soybeans to supply the State of Iowa. submitted photo
Ethanol and biodiesel producers in Iowa are helping supply ingredients for hand sanitizer, which is in short supply.

The COVID-19 virus has brought many things, in­­cluding a desire to lend a helping hand. The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association and Iowa Prison Industries (IPI) have joined forces to make that hand a clean one.

Iowa’s biofuels producers are don­­­ating ethanol and glycerin, a byproduct of biodiesel production, to Iowa Prison Industries to make into hand sanitizer. The finished product is being used in state-run facilities and distributed for free by the state for priority use.

“The whole country is working tirelessly to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, and Iowa...

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