Congress Unveils Farm to Fly Act


Congressman Max Miller (R-OH) and a bipartisan group of representatives have introduced the Farm to Fly Act, aiming to create new markets for American agricultural products and strengthen domestic energy resources. The bill focuses on fostering the development of sustainable aviation fuel within existing USDA programs, ensuring clarity in eligibility criteria, and promoting collaboration. Miller highlights the act’s significance in providing farmers access to new markets, driving rural economic development, and strengthening domestic energy.

Specifically, the Farm to Fly Act aims to clarify eligibility for SAF within USDA Energy Programs, encourage collaboration in agency mission areas, and establish a common definition of SAF for effective contributions from U.S. crops. The legislation aligns with the aviation industry’s commitment to transitioning to sustainable fuels and addresses the growing demand for SAF.

“Sustainable aviation fuel is positioned to be an exciting new market opportunity for soybean farmers. The administration will need a cross-agency approach to realize its goals of carbon reductions in air travel, and The Farm to Fly Act will help position the agriculture industry in a meaningful role to support these endeavors,” said ASA President Daryl Cates (IL) in a media release from Rep. Miller’s office. “This legislation identifies key strategies for USDA to partner with airlines and farmers to develop sustainable aviation fuel in an efficient and climate-smart way.”

The American Soybean Association strongly endorses the Farm to Fly Act, recognizing its potential to align with broader environmental goals and contribute to the growth of sustainable aviation fuel production.

The text of the bill is here, and more information can be found here.

***Courtesy of the American Soybean Association***

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