The March 1 deadline for Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) tax credit guidance has passed without updates from the Biden Administration. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and EPA Administrator Michael Regan touched on the issue at the Commodity Classic in Houston, Texas, on Friday, March 1.

According to their comments, the White House is still looking into changes to the Argonne Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Technologies (GREET) model, which will help determine SAF credits. The delay was not what most had hoped for. However, Vilsack noted that climate-smart practices on farms needed to be assessed in the model for a clearer picture of farmer stewardship. He hopes the delay will allow for the best possible guidance.

Another question about SAF credits is how climate-smart practices will be verified on farms. Geoff Cooper, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, was also present at the Commodity Classic. He indicated the IRS has been working with multiple agencies and organizations to determine what sort of verification options will be practical for farmers and the government.

Read more on the SAF guideline conversation here.