USDA officials Wednesday announced a proposed rule ensuring that 10 more biobased product categories receive preferred purchasing consideration by federal agencies. The designations are part of the Federal Biobased Products Preferred Procurement Program, which is being renamed "BioPreferred" as part of an effort to educate federal purchasers.
The rule adds over 480 biobased products to a list designated for special consideration in purchases made by federal agencies. In addition to the new name, USDA announced a training initiative to promote the program.
"Once these rules are final, agency purchases will increase demand for existing biobased products, create incentives for new products, and generate new economic opportunities for biobased product producers, including our farmers and ranchers," says Dr. Keith Collins, USDA Chief Economist.
The new items include: bath and tile cleaners; clothing products; concrete and asphalt release fluids; cutting, drilling, and tapping oils; deicers; durable films; firearm lubricants; floor strippers; laundry products; and wood and concrete sealers.
Additional information on the final rule and the program may be obtained by contacting: Marvin Duncan, USDA, Office of the Chief Economist, Office of Energy Policy and New Uses, Room 4059, South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., MS-3815, Washington, DC 20250-3815 or by email to: mailto:[email protected].