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(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) applauded the announcement of a strategic partnership between the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and private industry to promote the development of aviation biofuels. The “Farm to Fly” sustainable aviation biofuels initiative will bring together federal agencies, research organizations, and private industry to advance a plan to promote sustainable aviation biofuels and rural development.

“I’m looking forward to working closely with this group on the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead as we work to develop the next generation of aviation fuel in Washington state and across the country,” said Senator Murray. “A greater emphasis on biofuels will support Washington state farmers growing dedicated energy crops. It will also promote economic growth in rural communities and lead to a more sustainable and independent energy source for our aerospace industry.”

The start of this national effort to develop alternative jet fuels follows the announcement made earlier this week of the Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest pilot project to promote biofuel development in the Northwest. This regional group includes Alaskan Airlines, Boeing, Portland International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Spokane International Airport, and Washington State University.