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USDA working with aviation officials on biofuel promotions

January 17, 2012, 10:59 am

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently held a roundtable discussion with commercial airline officials in Chicago to discuss the role biofuels will play in the future for commercial airlines, small planes and the military.

Tom Vilsack, USDA secretary, said the department aims to work with the Navy and Department of Energy to research and experiment with new biofuel solutions to address the country's long-term energy needs while reducing carbon dioxide emissions. For example, the aviation industry could invest in research of crop residue, woody biomass and other natural materials to generate an alternative fuel source for planes. This fuel will increase energy efficiency and create jobs, Farm Futures reported.

"We already have a few airlines that are using biofuels in rural areas and for addition income opportunities for farmers so we're going to be working with the commercial aviation industry to make this happen," Vilsack said.

Similarly, the Innotech Execaire Aviation Group is also experiencing growth using innovative technology. The company is introducing the I-KU, a tablet-based communication and entertainment device that will make long flights more enjoyable and productive. Leveraging mobile technology, the tablet offering will allow passengers to conduct business tasks, communicate with family or co-workers and share information while on a long flight.

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