Farm to Fleet Program Brings Biofuels to the Military


Dear ABO members,

This week U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced a joint “Farm to Fleet” program that will make biofuels part of regular fuel purchases by the military. The ABO’s statement on the positive impact this initiative will have on our industry and on America’s energy security is below.

Mary Rosenthal
Executive Director
Algae Biomass Organization 

Algae Biomass Organization Statement 
on Farm to Fleet Program
Washington, DC (December 12, 2013) – The Algae Biomass Organization, the trade association for the US algae industry, today issued the following statement applauding President Obama, US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus for taking a bold, fiscally responsible step toward increasing the supply of domestically produced biofuels:
“The Farm to Fleet program will help accelerate the production of biofuels made from a range of domestic crops, including algae, and will stimulate increased investment from the private sector.
“Algae fuel producers — high-tech algae farmers — stand ready to work with USDA and the Navy to supply our nation’s vessels, aircraft and support vehicles with competitively priced, domestically produced, drop-in fuels made from algae.
“The market certainty provided by the U.S. Navy is a welcome and much needed demonstration of support for our industry, and one that will increase investor confidence in the prospects for long-term demand for biofuels derived from algae.
“We will proudly work with the USDA and the Navy to show what’s possible when American ingenuity and entrepreneurialism are focused on producing fuels that drive economic growth and enhance national security. We look forward to the day when algae-derived fuels are used throughout the global Naval fleet.”
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