Agreement to Promote Renewable Fuels in Aviation Extended

USDA is extending its agreement to work with the Federal Aviation Administration and other partners to help develop a viable biofuel for the aviation industry. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack signed the five-year extension with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood at the Advanced Biofuels Summit. By continuing to work together to produce American made 'drop-in' aviation fuels from renewable feedstocks - Vilsack says 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. In his State of the Union Address - Secretary LaHood notes President Obama called on us to work together to reduce carbon emissions. He says developing alternative jet fuels will do just that - while creating jobs and helping airlines save money on fuel.

The new agreement follows the initial success of the 2010 to 2012 Farm to Fly initiative. It supports the President's commitment to clean energy technology, energy independence and job creation - and is part of USDA's efforts to strengthen the rural economy. The federal government and its partners hope to support the annual production of one-billion gallons of drop-in aviation fuel by the year 2018.

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