Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that eight additional biobased product categories are now eligible for Federal procurement preference. With the USDA's BioPreferred Program's Round 6 finalization, more than 600 additional biobased products will be offered for preferred purchasing consideration by all Federal government agencies and contractors.
The final rule, published in the Federal Register, is part of a series of rules to designate, or approve, biobased items. The new product categories include: disposable tableware, expanded polystyrene foam recycling products, heat transfer fluids, ink removers and cleaners, mulch and compost materials, multipurpose lubricants, topical pain relief products and turbine drip oils.
The BioPreferred program was created by the 2002 Farm Bill as a preferred procurement program to increase the purchase and use of biobased products within the Federal government. The 2008 Farm Bill expanded the program's scope to promote the sale of biobased products in other sectors.