Biobased and Renewable Products News: USDA

June 13, 2013
USDA Amends Guidelines For Designating Biobased Products For Federal Procurement
In a June 11, 2013, final rule, the USDA amended the Guidelines for Designating Biobased Products for Federal Procurement, adding eight sections to designate product categories within which biobased products will be afforded federal procurement preference: 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. USDA also added a new countertops subcategory to the existing composite panels product category. The amendments also ... read more >
May 9, 2013
Ongoing Legislative Efforts To Pass A Farm Bill With A Strong Energy Title
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack is scheduled to testify today, May 9, 2013, on the Administration's Fiscal Year 2014 USDA budget request before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies. Secretary Vilsack's testimony comes as the Senate Agriculture Committee is scheduled to mark up its version of the next five year Farm Bill on Tuesday, May 14, and the House Agriculture Committee is set to mark up its version of the legislation on Wednesday, May 15. On May 6, Senators Al ... read more >
May 9, 2013
USDA Awards Grants For Biobased Initiatives
On May 1, 2013, USDA announced that it was awarding 110 Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG), including eleven for renewable chemicals and biobased products. The USDA press release states that these eleven awards "include grants to convert: corn stover to anhydrous ammonia; miscanthus fiber, wood and goat manure into biochar and enhanced compost; and sorghum to electricity and fertilizer." The press release is available online and the complete list of the awardees is available ... read more >
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