USDA and the US Navy's "Farm-to-Fleet" biofuels program will now make biofuel blends part of regular, operational fuel purchase and use by the military.
USDA and the US Navy's "Farm-to-Fleet" biofuels program will now make biofuel blends part of regular, operational fuel purchase and use by the military.

US Navy, USDA Announce ‘Farm-to-Fleet’ Biofuels Program

USDA and the US Navy's "Farm-to-Fleet" biofuels program will now make biofuel blends part of regular, operational fuel purchase and use by the military.

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.

Today’s announcement marks the first time alternative fuels such as advanced drop-in biofuels will be available for purchase through regular procurement practices. It lowers barriers for alternative domestic fuel suppliers to do business with DOD. Preliminary indications from the Defense Production Act Title III Advanced Drop-in Biofuels Production Project are that drop-in biofuels will be available for less than $4 per gallon by 2016, making them competitive with traditional sources of fuel.

The biofuels program gets underway with a bulk fuels solicitation in 2014, with deliveries expected in mid-2015. USDA and Navy also are collaborating on an Industry Day, Jan. 30, 2014, where stakeholders can learn more about Farm-to-Fleet.

Read more at: http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=2013/12/0237.xml

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