Selling Biobased Products in the Federal Marketplace

Federal agencies and their contractors are required to purchase biobased products within categories identified by USDA. The federal government and their contractors purchase approximately 500 billion in goods and services annually. Federal buyers and federal contractors seek qualified biobased products that are cost-competitive and perform well.

A good first step in marketing to the federal government is to enter company and product information in the BioPreferred Catalog. See access information on this page.

Also consider if having a product certified through the BioPreferred program will assist in selling products to the federal government. A certified biobased product may carry a product label, and the label includes an "FP" for mandatory federal purchasing of qualified biobased products. [Learn more]

Including Company and Product Information in BioPreferred Catalog

There is a two stage process to enter company and product information in the BioPreferred Catalog.

  1. Request Level 1 USDA EAuthentication Account

    If you do not already have one, you must obtain an "EAuth" user ID and password. EAuthentication provides a proven security process for BioPreferred data. To create a Level 1 EAuthentication account, and obtain an ID and password, access Create Eauth Account , and under "USDA Customers," click on "Request Level 1 Access."
  2. Enter Company and Product Information

    Once the eAuth account has been created, access the Tools above. The "Business Tools" app allows companies to enter company and qualified product information in the BioPreferred Catalog, initiate a label application process, download labels for certified products, and complete other business functions.

A tutorial for Company Tools is available for download here.

Biobased
Containing renewable plant, marine, and forestry-based resources not derived from petroleum.
Biobased Content
A ratio of a product's new organic carbon to total organic carbon, as measured by a standard test method (ASTM D6866). Biobased content is expressed as a percentage. New organic carbon is derived from plants and other renewable agricultural materials. Total organic carbon consists of new organic carbon and old organic carbon (which originates from petroleum). The presence of new organic carbon is an important attribute in a product's sustainability footprint.
Biobased Products
Biobased Products are derived from plants and other renewable agricultural, marine, and forestry materials. Biobased products generally provide an alternative to conventional petroleum derived products and include a diverse range of offerings such as lubricants, detergents, inks, fertilizers, and bioplastics.
Percent Biobased Content
The ratio of new organic carbon to total organic carbon in a product. New organic carbon is derived from plants and other renewable agricultural, marine, and forestry materials. Total organic carbon consists of new organic carbon and old organic carbon, which originates from petroleum.
Qualified Biobased Product
Meets the requirements for one or more product categories identified by USDA as part of the federal government procurement preference program.
Renewable
An inexhaustible resource, readily replaced. In the context of biobased products, renewable resources includes agricultural, forestry, and marine resources such as algae.
USDA Certified Biobased Product
Has achieved third-party verification of biobased content and has earned USDA certification and approval to display the label.