BioPreferred News

Nominations for USDA's "Excellence in BioPreferred Procurement" Awards Currently Being Accepted

Posted: Thu Jun 15 00:00:00 CDT 2017 -
Acting Assistant Secretary for Administration, Malcolm Shorter, announced that nominations for the FY 2017 Excellence in BioPreferred Procurement Awards are now being accepted. Both USDA employees and USDA contractors are eligible to receive these awards. Nominations are due by June 30, 2017. [ More ]

Seeking Your Comments on Regulation to Change the Program

Posted: Tue Apr 11 00:00:00 CDT 2017 -
The BioPreferred Program was established by Congress through the 2002 Farm Bill and was subsequently expanded by the 2008 and 2014 Farm Bills. After the 2002 Farm Bill was authorized, USDA developed initial guidelines to initiate the program, including identifying product categories within which biobased products would be afforded procurement preference by Federal agencies and their contractors. [ More ]

Laboratory Options

Posted: Tue Apr 11 00:00:00 CDT 2017 -
The Beta Analytic and Center for Applied Isotope Studies laboratories have been accepted by SEI to conduct testing for the USDA BioPreferred Program's voluntary biobased product certification and labeling initiative in accordance with ASTM D6866-16. [ More ]

USDA Certified Biobased Products (Packages) - Audit Stage III - Status

Posted: Tue Apr 11 00:00:00 CDT 2017 -
BioPreferred's biobased certification and labeling program began in February 2011. Nearly 1,000 (933) of the current ~3,000 certified and labeled products were certified in the first year. Since 2012, the Program has implemented Stage I and II audits to update the certified biobased product content, and information about a participant/company. [ More ]

BioPreferrd Earns A+ for Security

Posted: Tue Apr 11 00:00:00 CDT 2017 -
BioPreferred has earned the highest possible rating of A+ from DigitalGov.gov and were praised on achieving this ahead of the Federal deadline. In addition, we have recently implemented all of the requested DigitalGov analytics trackers. [ More ]

New Report on the Impact of the U.S. Biobased Products Industry

Posted: Wed Nov 23 09:05:00 CST 2016 -
'An Economic Impact Analysis of the U.S. Biobased Products Industry: 2016 Update' concludes that the biobased industry is a substantial generator of economic activity and jobs. In 2014, the industry supported a total of 4.2 million American jobs through direct, indirect and induced contributions and contributed a total of $393 billion value added to the U.S. economy. [ More ]

You're Invited: TriplePundit Twitter Chat with BioPreferred and P&G!

Posted: Thu Apr 14 01:00:00 CDT 2016 -
Experts from P&G and the USDA BioPreferred will be on hand to answer your questions about the growing biobased products industry on Thursday, April 21. Use the hashtag #purclean to participate in the chat happening from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m EDT. [ More ]

Celebrating Five Years of The USDA Certified Biobased Product Label

Posted: Tue Mar 08 00:00:00 CST 2016 -
Since its launch five years ago, the voluntary labeling initiative has strived to make it easy for consumers to locate and compare biobased products for purchase. By choosing a product featuring the USDA Certified Biobased Product label, consumers can be assured that the USDA and the federal government stand behind the accuracy of the percent biobased claim stated on the label. [ More ]

USDA Certified Biobased Products Showcased at the Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference

Posted: Fri Feb 19 11:53:09 CST 2016 -
USDA Certified Biobased Products are taking center stage at the Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference (ABLC) 2016 - the largest gathering of advanced bioeconomy senior leadership that kicked off this Wednesday, February 17, 2016. [ More ]

America's Bioeconomy Grows Opportunties

Posted: Wed Nov 18 07:00:00 CST 2015 -
New infographic shows the U.S. bioeconomy is thriving--supporting millions of jobs, driving economic growth, and expanding opportunities for biobased products from America's farms and forests. [ More ]

The USDA BioPreferred Program featured in the European magazine Renewable Matter

Posted: Thu Oct 29 15:51:46 CDT 2015 -
Marie Wheat, Industry Economist, USDA BioPreferred Program, was interviewed in the October 2015 issue of Renewable Matter on New Products for New Markets. [ More ]

New Report Shows U.S. Biobased Industry Contributes 369 Billion, 4 Million Jobs to U.S. Economy

Posted: Wed Jun 17 13:06:00 CDT 2015 -
A comprehensive report on the economic impacts of the biobased products industry in the United States was released today. Key findings are that in 2013, the biobased industry contributed a total of $369 billion value added to the U.S. economy and 4 million American jobs through direct, indirect, and induced contributions. [ More ]

USDA BioPreferred Program Featured in U.S. Agriculture Outlook Magazine

Posted: Mon Jun 15 18:06:00 CDT 2015 -
The USDA BioPreferred Program was featured in the most recent edition of the U.S. Agriculture Outlook Magazine. [ More ]

USDA BioPreferred Leads January, 2015 USDA Small Business Connections Session

Posted: Thu Jan 15 17:01:00 CST 2015 -
The BioPreferred program led a discussion on Opportunities for Small Businesses in the Bioeconomy in a January, 2015 USDA's Small Business Connections session. The Small Business connection is an outreach activity of USDA's Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU). [ More ]

USDA Proposes Inclusion of New, Innovative Products in the BioPreferred Program

Posted: Mon Oct 27 18:10:00 CDT 2014 -
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 Federal Register. [ More ]

"Why Biobased?" Released by USDA BioPreferred Program

Posted: Tue Oct 07 18:10:00 CDT 2014 -
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. [ More ]