Representatives of more than 70 organizations and businesses announced their support for the 25x'25 renewable energy vision today at the second annual National Ag and Forestry Renewable Energy Summit. This impressive array of agricultural, forestry and environmental groups all have endorsed the 25x'25 vision: that by the year 2025, America's working lands will provide 25 percent of the energy consumed in the United States.

"This is an ambitious goal, but one that makes sense for our nation's energy security, for the economy and for the environment," says William Richards, a Circleville, Ohio, farmer and co-chair of the 25 x '25 Steering Committee. "The time is right to embrace a bold energy vision and chart a new course, securing a better future for our children and grandchildren."

Since the first summit in Austin, TX, last year, the Ag Energy Work Group has been reaching out to interested parties in the agricultural and forestry sectors, asking them to participate in the project and help shape its future direction. With support from the Energy Future Coalition, they joined forces in Washington, D.C., this week to hear from leading energy experts, business leaders, members of Congress and administration officials and discussed opportunities to advance renewable energy solutions from the land, such as wind, solar, and biofuels.

The list of endorsers includes: the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Agri-Women, the American Soybean Association, the Association of Consulting Foresters of America, Colorado State Legislature, CropLife America, Deere & Co., Environmental Defense, Independent Community Bankers of  America, National Association of Counties, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Biodiesel Board, National Corn Growers Association, National Farmers Union, National Milk Producers Federation, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, National Sorghum Producers, Natural Resources Defense Council, Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers, Renewable Fuels Association, USA Rice Federation, and Women Involved in Farm Economics.  For a complete list: go to www.agenergy.info.

Source: 25 x '25 Steering Committee news release