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  • futureripplemovers futureripplemovers Dec 11, 2013 11:23 PM Flag

    Agriculture, Navy Secretaries Promote U.S. Military Energy Independence with 'Farm-to-Fleet'

    Agriculture, Navy Secretaries Promote U.S. Military Energy Independence with 'Farm-to-Fleet'

    Program blends homegrown biofuels with conventional fuels, propelling ships, jets and jobs

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 11, 2013 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus today announced the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Navy's joint "Farm-to-Fleet" venture will now make biofuel blends part of regular, operational fuel purchase and use by the military. The announcement incorporates the acquisition of biofuel blends into regular Department of Defense (DOD) domestic solicitations for jet engine and marine diesel fuels. The Navy will seek to purchase JP-5 and F-76 advanced drop-in biofuels blended from 10 to 50 percent with conventional fuels. Funds from USDA's Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) will assist the effort.

    "The Navy's intensifying efforts to use advanced, homegrown fuels to power our military benefits both America's national security and our rural communities," said Vilsack. "Not only will production of these fuels create jobs in rural America, they're cost effective for our military, which is the biggest consumer of petroleum in the nation. America's Navy shouldn't have to depend on oil supplies from foreign nations to ensure our national defense, and rural America stands ready to provide clean, homegrown energy that increases our military's energy independence and puts Americans to work."

    Farm-to-Fleet builds on the USDA / U.S. Navy partnership inaugurated in 2010, when President Barack Obama challenged his Secretaries of Agriculture, Energy and Navy to investigate how they could work together to speed the development of domestic, competitively-priced "drop-in" diesel and jet fuel substitutes.

    "A secure, domestically-produced energy source is very important to our national security," said Navy Secretary Mabus. "Energy is how our naval forces are able to provide presence around the world. Energy is what gets them there

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