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NFU Praises Farm-to-Fleet Initiative

12 December 2013

US - National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued a statement supporting the continued partnership between USDA and the Navy to strengthen energy security with homegrown, renewable fuel.

US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus have announced the US 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.

Mr Johnson said: "This initiative will strengthen national security while providing new economic opportunities for America’s farmers.

“This initiative will also benefit rural America by encouraging the development of the next generation of biofuels, which will lead to job opportunities in local communities.

“While the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently took a step backwards in this area by reducing the 2014 targets for the Renewable Fuel Standard, we are very pleased that USDA and the Navy are taking a more forward-looking approach tor the future of energy in our country. NFU is especially appreciative of Secretary Vilsack’s extraordinary leadership on renewable energy issues.”

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