October 27, 2014 - USDA Proposes Inclusion of New,
Innovative Products in the BioPreferred Program
A proposed rule was issued on October 27, 2014 to respond to new requirements in the 2014
Farm Bill for USDA to promote biobased products, including forest products, that apply an
innovative approach to growing, harvesting, sourcing, procuring, processing, manufacturing,
or application of biobased products regardless of the date of entry into the marketplace.
USDA seeks public comment for 60 days on the proposed rules published in today's
official USDA press release.
October 7, 2014 - Opportunities in the Emerging Bioeconomy
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
has released a comprehensive report synthesizing current literature that explores opportunities
in the emerging bioeconomy. The report, entitled Why Biobased?, was created as a precursor for a
more comprehensive economic study to be released in the coming months by the USDA BioPreferred
program on the economic impacts of the biobased products industry.
- Read the Report.
- Read official USDA press release.
- Read Secretary of Agriculture Column.
August 1, 2014 - Public Meeting on Innovative Biobased Products
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) BioPreferred® program hosted a public meeting
for interested stakeholders to discuss the issue of incorporating previously excluded mature
market products into the BioPreferred program. The meeting was held on Friday, August 1, 2014
at 10:00 a.m. in Room 107A of the Whitten Building at the USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W.,
Washington, D.C., 20024.
- View the recording of the meeting.
- Read official USDA press release.
March 14, 2014 - BioPreferred Program 2014 Farm Bill 'Listening Session'
Program Manager Ron Buckhalt and USDA Environmental Management Division Chief Jeff Goodman described
details of the BioPreferred program's re-authorization in the 2014 Farm Bill and the planned changes to program
implementation. This is a 75-minute webinar. This session also included questions, comments, and feedback from attendees.
to watch a recording of the webinar; click
here to view
and/or download copies of the slides that were presented at the beginning of the webinar.
March 2, 2014 - Message from Dr. Greg Parham, USDA Assistant Secretary for Administration to the
USDA Acquisition Community
Recently, Secretary Vilsack sent a message to every USDA employee requesting support of our BioPreferred program,
one of his highest priorities. This biobased program is critical to USDA's mission and dedicated to efforts to
promote the bioeconomy, create new markets for America's farmers, protect our natural resources, and reduce our
dependence on petroleum.
February 20, 2014 - Message From Secretary Vilsack to USDA Acquisition Community
On July 11, 2013, I sent an e-mail to every USDA employee requesting your personal support of our BioPreferred program,
one of my highest priorities. This program is mission critical to USDA's efforts to promote the bioeconomy, create new
markets for American's farmers, protect our natural resources, and reduce our dependence on petroleum.
December 17, 2013 - Two biobased technologies win EPA Green Chemistry Awards.
EPA just announced the winners of the 2013 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards! One
of the winners is being recognized for creating materials from biobased feedstocks that can be used
as substitutes for toxic substances and can be used for a range of purposes. EPA sponsors the
Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards to recognize cutting-edge Green Chemistry technologies
developed by industrial pioneers and leading scientists across the nation. These technologies are
contributing to the use of chemicals and products that are safer for people’s health and the environment.
December 12, 2013 - USDA BioPreferred program Google+ Hangout
Deputy Program Manager for the BioPreferred Program, Kate Lewis, will lead a conversation with some of the industry standouts
working with USDA to create new markets for biobased products and will speak to the importance of a comprehensive Food, Farm
and Jobs Bill to the biobased economy.