The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reached an agreement to create aviation biofuels from forest and crops residue. The agreement is a five-year contract on terms of both departments.
ATA President and CEO James May said, “After formally launching the ‘Farm to Fly’ initiative just three months ago, [Agriculture] Secretary Vilsack has taken a leadership role in this significant endeavor for aviation and for rural America.” The program “will provide investors, farmers, bankers and US energy companies with the confidence to invest in these proven, green technologies.”
The Farm-to-Fly initiative not only encourages an eco-friendly fuel option, but builds a relationship between the FAA and agriculture industry.
The main goal of the agreement is not only to bring biofuels to the industry, but to build a bond between farmers, investors, bankers and U.S. energy companies. This will be done through the creation and consumption of green energy.
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Written by: Melissa Warner / Farm Plus staff writer