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Iowa School Districts Receive $3,000 Grants from CHS, Central Valley Ag for Propane-powered School Bus Program

Dec 14, 2017

Iowa School Districts Receive $3,000 Grants from CHS, Central Valley Ag for Propane-powered School Bus Program

HINTON, Iowa., (Dec. 14, 2017) – Most people cannot tell from simply glancing at one as it passes down the road, but propane-powered school buses are becoming increasingly popular in communities across the country, including Hinton and Lawton, Iowa, where each community school district recently received $3,000 for its propane autogas school bus program. The donations were made possible by a partnership between Central Valley Ag cooperative and CHS – America’s largest farmer-owned cooperative.

“We’re honored to be supplying the children of Hinton and Lawton-Bronson schools and the entire district with safe, affordable and environmentally friendly propane autogas,” says Kane Kuehl, energy manager, Central Valley Ag. “It’s a good feeling knowing their fleet is benefiting from the use of propane autogas and providing quieter rides for the kids.”

There are more than 11,000 propane school buses operating in the United States. More communities are switching to propane school busses, which helps save districts money while reducing emissions and providing quicker start-ups during cold winter months. Propane autogas buses can start in temperatures as low as -40 F and require less time to warmup prior to driving. The Hinton community school district currently has two propane powered buses and plans to add more to their fleet in the future.  Lawton-Bronson has 5 propane powered busses, and also plans to expand in the future.

“With a long history of doing business in rural communities, CHS is dedicated to giving back to the communities in which we serve,” says Andy Ernst, manager of propane marketing and business development. “We are committed to developing programs to help make the conversion to propane autogas affordable for our cooperatives and school districts, like the one that will benefit both Hinton and Lawton-Bronson.”

CHS Inc. ( is a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States. Diversified in energy, grains and foods, CHS is committed to helping its customers, farmer-owners and other stakeholders grow their businesses through its domestic and global operations. CHS, a Fortune 100 company, supplies energy, crop nutrients, grain marketing services, animal feed, food and food ingredients, along with business solutions including insurance, financial and risk management services. The company operates petroleum refineries/pipelines and manufactures, markets and distributes Cenex® brand refined fuels, lubricants, propane and renewable energy products.

Central Valley Ag is a farmer-owned cooperative headquartered in York, NE. CVA has locations in Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska. CVA is an innovative leader providing products and services in grain, agronomy, feed, and energy. You can find more information about Central Valley Ag by visiting

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