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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 011-10
January 20, 2010

U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Navy to Formalize Energy Partnership

                The Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack and Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will be signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at the Pentagon Jan. 21, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. EST.
 
                The MOU will serve as an agreement that both parties will work together to support President Obama’s initiative to reduce energy consumption derived from fossil fuels, and increase energy production from renewable energy sources.
 
                A U.S. Marine Corps Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) will be on display during the event emphasizing Mabus’ overarching goal for energy reform to increase warfighting capability. The military is testing biofuel blends for use in aircraft, surface ships and tactical vehicles like the LAV.
 
                Together the Department of the Navy and the Department of Agriculture will explore biofuel technologies to meet both commercial and military transportation needs.
 
                Media interested in covering the event should contact Lt. j.g. Laura Stegherr at laura.stegherr@navy.mil or call 703-697-5342.
 
                The event will be taped and available for viewing at http://www.chinfo.navy.mil.