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Farm-to-Fly

Objective

The FARM to Fly initiative’s purpose is to “accelerate the availability of a commercially viable and sustainable aviation biofuel industry in the United States, increase domestic energy security, establish regional supply chains, and support rural development”.

 

Category
Deployment

Value-chain step
All

Type of pathway
All

Starting time and duration
2010 -

Stakeholders
Government, Airlines, Manufacturers

Regional scope
National

Involved countries
U.S.A.

Status
On-going
Description

The FARM to Fly initiative was launched in July 2010 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Airlines for America (A4A, formerly the Air Transport Association of America) and the Boeing Company.
 

The partners created the FARM to Fly Working Team with the mission to consider and pursue actions that:
  • Can be taken within the existing statutory authority of USDA to promote the commercial-scale production of sustainable feedstock and the development of aviation biofuel production and distribution facilities; and
  • May require rulemaking, statutory changes or funding that could be recommended for upcoming budget or reauthorization consideration.

In addition, USDA committed to work on feedstock for biojet fuel through its bioenergy and biomass programs, and the three partners agreed to use regional opportunities and pilot programs (in particular the Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest – SAFN – and the Midwest Aviation Sustainable Biofuels Initiative - MASBI) to assess and evaluate means for meeting their mutual goals.

Partners

 

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Airlines for America (A4A), Boeing Company

 

Achievements to date

In January 2012, the initiative published the report “Agriculture and Aviation: Partners in Prosperity with the findings and recommendations of the FARM to FLY Working Team (link).

  

The report concludes that Federal Government leadership and assistance are needed to create a bridge to an aviation biofuels industry that can be sustained exclusively by private capital. The focused commitment of limited government resources in the near term to support investment in biofuels innovation can help secure a future in which domestic businesses are the primary funders of a large share of commercial-aviation renewable fuel production.
 
The report provides a complete overview of the initiative supported by USDA which contributes to the development and deployment of aviation biofuels.
 
The report was accompanied by industry recommendations to government and other stakeholders. Industry underlined that support is needed to achieve proof of commercialization of aviation biofuel, i.e. to validate the business model for all elements of the supply chain. Having at least two successful commercial-scale projects in appropriate parts of the country was seen as a necessary precursor to private investment and scalable production on a broader national scale.
 

Contact information

Farm-to-Fly report: Link