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Minnesota aims high with sustainable aviation fuel

Minnesota, a powerhouse of American agriculture, has always been synonymous with innovation. Today, it’s redefining its legacy by aligning agriculture with the future of cleaner flight. 

As aviation awaits electrification for greener skies, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is the imminent answer. The administration's goals, like net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and producing 3 billion gallons of SAF by 2030, echo this sentiment. Many in the aviation industry, from Delta Airlines to Boeing, are already making strides in SAF. 

To reach these goals, we need to study crop-based biofuels more. Undoubtedly, the pivotal role of American biofuels can't be overstated. Minnesota, with its ethos of sustainability and innovation, positions itself as a front-runner. 

With its stature as the U.S.'s third-largest corn producer, Minnesota's 24,000 farmers are primed for this transition. Also, institutions like the University of Minnesota ensure cutting-edge research in the field. 

Minnesota offered a tax credit for every gallon of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced in the state. This is to encourage the production of SAF, which is a cleaner alternative to traditional jet fuel.

Minnesota's tax credit is the largest in the country, and it is designed to help Minnesota become a leader in the SAF industry. Coupled with additional tax benefits, the stage is set for SAF’s exponential growth in Minnesota. 

Crop-based biofuels shine as an eco-friendly alternative, ensuring a more modest carbon footprint. Their potential hasn't gone unnoticed, with global entities like the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change championing their cause. 

Embracing SAF with crop inputs offers a twofold advantage: reducing carbon emissions and generating jobs, potentially infusing $259 billion and creating 1.1 million jobs by 2030. 

As the country moves towards decarbonization, Minnesota is well-positioned to lead the way in the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Minnesota has the resources and expertise to produce SAF at a large scale, and it is committed to making SAF a reality. 

Source : wisconsinagconnection

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