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Time Program
7:45 –
8:15 am
Registration Opens; Biobased manufacturers set up exhibits inside the Whitten Building Patio, which is an indoor facility.
8:30 am

Biobased Exhibits Open

9:00 –
9:15 am


and premier of a new United Soybean Board video featuring U.S. military veterans’ views on the energy security and job benefits of a SYNLawn biobased product installation at Rooftop Reds, New York’s first rooftop vineyard

  • Karen Coble Edwards – Moderator and United Soybean Board Consultant
  • Lewis Bainbridge – United Soybean Board Demand Action Team Chair and Ethan, South Dakota soybean grower

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9:15 am

Keynote Address:

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack

9:40 –
10:40 am

Biobased Success Stories Panel

Department of Defense

  • David Asiello – Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Energy, Installations & Environment)
  • Greg Blake – BioSynthetics Technologies Director of Strategic Development


  • Shannah Trout – NASA Principal Center-Recycling & Sustainable Acquisition
  • David Bingenheimer – Cargill Industrial Specialties Global Technology Manager

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National Park Service

  • Lorena Nelson – Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Custodial Supervisor

Medford New Jersey Township Public Schools

  • John McIntosh – Signature Accord Vice President
  • Joe Biluck – Medford’s Director of Operations and Technology (retired)
  • Alicia Albrecht – Reichhold Research Associate

District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority

  • Timothy Fitzgerald – Fleet Director
10:40 –
11:00 am
Break/opportunity for participants to tour exhibits
11:00 –

Your Work Makes a Difference! BioPreferred® Training for Federal Acquisition and Technical Professionals

Earn 1 Continuous Learning Point (CLP)!

  • Paul Walden – Acting Deputy Director, USDA’s Office of Procurement and Property Management.


  • Crandall Watson – Chief, Procurement Policy Division, USDA Office of Procurement and Property Management
  • Vernell Thompson – Procurement Analyst, USDA BioPreferred® Program
  • Marie Wheat – Industry Economist, USDA BioPreferred Program

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Noon –
1:00 pm


Federal ethics rules allow government employees to accept light refreshments in the Whitten Patio. Full lunch for manufacturers and other nongovernment stakeholders in Room 108-A. All food provided by the United Soybean Board.

1:00 –
1:20 pm

The Next Generation of Biobased Innovation Tank

A winning team from the Purdue University Student Soybean Product Innovation Competition present their “Soy Pods” laundry detergent pods to experienced biobased manufacturers who will guide them on the path to commercial success.

  • Andrew Cameron – Purdue Chemical Engineering Student
  • Harshit Kapoor – Purdue Civil Engineering Student
  • Alan Snipes – Textile Management Associates Director of Sales
  • Martin H. Wolf – Seventh Generation, Inc. Director, Sustainability & Authenticity

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Listen to student interview

Listen to Wolf interview

1:20 –
2:00 pm

Updates: USDA Designation Process for Intermediates and Revision to ASTM D6866

  • Sueanne Pfifferling – Moderator and United Soybean Board Consultant
  • Marie Wheat – USDA BioPreferred® Program Industry Economist
  • Dr. Ramani Narayan – Michigan State University Distinguished Professor & Recipient of ASTM’s award of merit

Downloads: USDA Presentation, Dr. Narayan Presentation, and Background Paper

2:00 –
2:30 pm

State Leadership for Renewable Chemicals & the Biobased Economy

  • Joe Hrdlicka – Executive Director of the Iowa Biotechnology Association (IowaBio)

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2:30 –
2:45 pm
Break and networking
2:45 –
3:30 pm

Sustainable Purchasing: Role of Third-Party Standards and EcoLabels

Join the discussion that will update you on multiple third-party standards, which are not part of the USDA BioPreferred® program.  A panel will explore how these standards are being developed, how they are used to define “sustainable” products, and the latest trends in the role these standards and labels are playing in purchasing decisions.

  • Sally Shaver – Moderator and United Soybean Board Consultant
  • Porter Glock – invited Office of Management and Budget, Office of Procurement Policy Procurement Analyst
  • Jeff Bradley – American Forest and Paper Association Manager, Forestry & Wood Products Policy

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3:30 –
4:15 pm

Federal Financial Backing for the BioEconomy:

USDA staff from multiple program areas describe the many ways USDA supports the bioeconomy

  • Sam Rikkers – USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Services (RBS) Administrator
  • Mark Brodziski – Rural Business-Cooperative Services (RBS) Director, Energy Programs
  • Greg Blake – BioSynthetics Technologies Director of Strategic Development for Biosynthetic Technologies, recipient of a loan guarantee under the USDA’s Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program (the “9003 Program”)
4:15 –
4:30 pm

Closing Remarks


Soy Biobased Backs Up Carpet and Grass; Interviews with Doug Giles (UTT), George Neagle (Synlawn), and Josh McIntosh (Signature Accord).

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Listen to Neagle interview

Listen to McIntosh interview

A Sustainable Future is Biobased: An Interview with Terri Mallioux, Biobased Technologies

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BioSynthetics Perfecting Soy-based Petro Alternative: An Interview with Greg Blake, BioSynthetics Technology

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Nature’s Broom at Biobased 2016: An Interview with Boyd Eifling

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