Federal agencies and their contractors are required to purchase to biobased products within categories identified by USDA. The Federal and federal contractor market represent billions of dollars in purchases annually. Federal buyers and federal contractors seek biobased products that qualify for Mandatory Federal Purchasing, that are cost-competitive, and that perform well. (Learn more)
Biobased products that are certified through the BioPreferred program’s Voluntary Labeling Initiative are allowed to display the USDA Certified Biobased Product label on their packaging. This label allows consumers to easily identify that the biobased product has been third-party tested and verified for its percent biobased content. Consider if having your product certified will assist with sales. (Learn more)
Biobased products that qualify for Mandatory Federal Purchasing and/or that are USDA Certified Biobased Products appear in the BioPreferred® Catalog. If your products meet the requirements for one or both of these initiatives, please consider registering your company with the BioPreferred program and entering your products' information by following the steps in the section below.
Based on requirements in the 2014 Farm Bill, the BioPreferred program is now open to forestry and other traditional biobased products. Now, all biobased products seeking eligibility to participate in the program must demonstrate innovative approaches in the growing, harvesting, sourcing, procuring, processing, manufacturing, or application of the biobased product. Criteria Details
There is a two stage process to enter company and product information in the BioPreferred Catalog.