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AGRICULTURE SECRETARY VILSACK, DAIRY PRODUCERS SIGN HISTORIC AGREEMENT TO CUT
GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS BY 25% BY 2020.

USDA News release, December 15, 2009.

"Memorandum of Understanding Will Promote Innovative Steps to Turn Dairy Waste
into Electricity and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Dec. 15, 2009 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today
announced an agreement with U.S. dairy producers to accelerate adoption of
innovative manure to energy projects on American dairy farms.

"This historic agreement, the first of its kind, will help us achieve the
ambitious goal of drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions while
benefitting dairy farmers," said Vilsack. "Use of manure to electricity
technology is a win for everyone because it provides an untapped source of
income for farmers, provides a source of renewable electricity, reduces our
dependence on foreign fossil fuels, and provides a wealth of additional
environmental benefits."

With this Memorandum of Understanding, the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy -
part of the Dairy Management Inc. - the USDA and U.S. dairy producers will work
together to reach a 25 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by the year
2020. USDA will do so by undertaking research initiatives, allowing
implementation flexibility, and enhancing marketing efforts of anaerobic
digesters to dairy producers.

Anaerobic digester technology is a proven method of converting waste products,
such as manure, into electricity. The technology utilizes generators that are
fueled by methane captured from the animal manure. Currently, only about 2
percent of U.S. dairies that are candidates for a profitable digester are
utilizing the technology. Dairy operations with anaerobic digesters routinely
generate enough electricity to power 200 homes.

Through the agreement, USDA and the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy will
increase the number of anaerobic digesters supported by USDA programs. Beyond
promoting the digesters, the agreement will encourage research, and development
of new technologies to help dairies reduce greenhouse gas emissions."

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