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Farm Bill seeks to resolve SAF feedstock challenges

Farm Bill seeks to resolve SAF feedstock challenges

By Jamie Martin

As the agriculture sector eyes the promising market for Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), the House farm bill has introduced key provisions to support this burgeoning industry.

The bill, recently marked up on Capitol Hill, includes the Farm to Fuselage Act, spearheaded by Texas Democrat Jasmine Crockett. This act aims to address significant barriers that biofuel producers and feedstock growers face, particularly in terms of crop insurance and regulatory constraints.

Crockett’s initiative seeks to establish a biofuel crop exception that would allow farmers to utilize their fields for SAF biobased feedstock production during typically fallow periods.

This move is crucial as it could significantly expand the availability of SAF feedstocks—particularly from oilseed crops—by making it financially viable for farmers to dedicate land to these crops without jeopardizing their primary agricultural activities.

The enthusiasm for expanding SAF feedstocks was tempered by comments from Ag Chair Glenn Thompson, who noted jurisdictional challenges with defining fuels, a matter largely overseen by the Energy and Commerce Committee.

Despite these challenges, the Agriculture Committee remains supportive of initiatives that facilitate feedstock provision.

The bill’s implications reach beyond agriculture, touching on larger environmental and economic aspects. For instance, Southwest Airlines, headquartered in Crockett’s Dallas district, plans to replace 10 percent of its jet fuel with SAF by 2030.

This corporate commitment underscores the broader industry shift towards sustainable practices, supported by legislative action to foster a viable SAF market.

This legislation not only promises to enhance the sustainability of aviation but also supports American farmers by creating new opportunities for crop production and income, aligning with broader federal goals of environmental sustainability and economic resilience in rural communities.

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