USDA Designates New Biobased Product Categories

Posted on 07/15/2013 at 12:00 AM by Christa Hartsook

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated eight new biobased product categories for preferred Federal procurement. The announcement furthers the goals of last year's presidential memorandum designed to increase rural job creation through procurement of biobased products and increase the number of biobased product categories and individual products eligible for preferred purchasing. There are now 97 designated categories representing approximately 10,000 unique types of products.
 
USDA has designated the following new categories: aircraft and boat cleaners; automotive care products, engine crankcase oil; gasoline fuel additives; metal cleaners and corrosion removers; microbial cleaning products; paint removers; and water turbine bearing oils. A full list was published in the June 11, 2013 Federal Register.
 
The Biopreferred Program also has reopened the web portal for companies to apply for the voluntary USDA Certified Biobased Product label. Thus far about 900 individual products have received the USDA Certified Biobased Product label.
 
Later this year the BioPreferred program is expected to finalize a rule that will extend to designating intermediate ingredients so products made from them could be part of the preferred Federal procurement process. That regulation would also allow for the designation of complex assemblies that contain one or more components from biobased ingredients.

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