On April 24, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) renewed a 2009 memorandum of understanding with dairy farmers on emissions reduction and waste-to-energy projects. The goal of the MOU is to reduce dairy farm greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020. Since the agreement was first signed in 2009, the USDA has issued 180 awards for anaerobic digestion projects to capture methane and to generate electricity as well as 140 Rural Energy for American Program loans for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects at farms.