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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) BioPreferredĀ® 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.

Click here 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. [More]

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. [More]

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 peopleā€™s health and the environment. [More]

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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. [More]

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