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FAA and USDA team up

October 22, 2010, 09:19 am

One may not think that aviation and agriculture have anything in common, but the two industries are coming together. The Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are both backing the use of biofuels.

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says that the two departments will collaborate over the next five years to develop stock that can be turned into jet fuel. The nation's demand for biofuel is growing, but Vilsack says he is up for the challenge.

By using biofuel, the country's aircraft will be less reliant on foreign oil and be more environmentally friendly.

In a statement, Boeing environment and aviation policy vice president Billy Glover applauded the joint efforts.

"Through test flights with a number of our customers, we have proven that fuels made from plant matter and algae can power jet aircraft safely and efficiently, and we look forward in the months ahead to the approval of these fuels for commercial use,"Glover said.

Another key will be continuing strong biofuel production in order to keep prices affordable for airlines and aircraft users.

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