The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) recently saluted USDA Under Secretary for Rural Development, Dallas Tonsager, for his efforts to advance the ethanol industry.
Tonsager received the Merle Anderson Award for his lifetime commitment to value-added agriculture and the renewable fuels industry, and in particular his work in implementing the Rural Energy for America Program, which is helping strengthen the Nation’s ethanol fueling infrastructure and providing consumers with new choices at the pump. Tonsager said that he was pleased to win the award.
“I am excited to receive this honor that recognizes the work that USDA is doing to help our nation develop home-grown energy that creates jobs, helps to break our dependence on foreign oil, and moves our nation towards a clean energy economy,” Tonsager said.
ACE Executive Vice President Brian Jennings said that Tonsager was a natural fit for the award.
“His work in developing blender pump infrastructure has been tireless and Dallas has always been a champion for the ethanol industry. It means a lot for rural America to have Dallas working in Washington on behalf of agriculture and the ethanol industry,” Jennings said.
The Merle Anderson Award is named in honor of the founder and first president of ACE, Merle Anderson, who serves as Chairman Emeritus of the ACE board of directors. The award is presented annually to recognize an individual who has made distinguished and significant contributions to the advancement of the ethanol industry.