The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended for five years its agreement to work with the Federal Aviation Administration and other partners to help develop a viable biofuel for the aviation industry.
Tom Vilsack, agriculture secretary, signed the agreement with Ray LaHood, transportation secretary, at the Advanced Biofuels Summit at Gaylord National Harbor in Maryland. The deal also includes partners from the commercial aviation sector.
“By continuing to work together to produce American-made ‘drop-in’ aviation fuels from renewable feedstocks, we will create jobs and economic opportunity in rural America, lessen America’s reliance on foreign oil and develop a thriving biofuels industry that will benefit commercial and military enterprises,” Vilsack said in a written statement.
The agreement follows the “Farm to Fly” initiative, which builds upon the work ofthe USDA’s Regional Biomass Research Centers, and supports President Obama’s commitment to clean energy technology and energy independence. The federal government and its partners hope to support the annual production of 1 billion gallons of drop-in aviation biofuel by 2018.