The importance and use of industrial and commercial biobased products in the Federal government have been “officially” recognized in Section 9002 of the 2002 Farm Bill, as amended, and various Presidential Executive Orders.

As stated in the Farm Bill, a biobased product is defined as:

Biobased product is defined as a commercial or industrial product (other than food or feed) that is composed, in whole or in significant part, of biological products, including renewable domestic agricultural materials and forestry materials; or an intermediate ingredient or feedstock.

The use of biobased products as substitutes for petroleum based products helps with our national energy security by reducing reliance on foreign oil. Biobased product use can also help agencies meet their missions in a cost-effective manner. The increased use of biobased products made from U.S. commodities will be a boost to rural development, job creation, and the farm economy. Biobased product use can also create safer and healthier workplaces by decreasing the use of potentially toxic substances. And finally, the use of biobased products can help agencies meet their stewardship goal of protecting and preserving the environment by cutting air and water pollution and reducing the generation of hazardous wastes.

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Section 9002 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, as amended by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, requires Federal agencies to establish affirmative procurement programs for preferred purchasing of biobased products, including products used in work performed under Federal agency contracts.

Policies give “permission”, leadership provides “encouragement”, and training “shows how” preferable purchasing plans can be implemented. Training can be conducted in a variety of venues and using many different tools.

USDA has developed procurement tools for Federal and Federal Contractor Personnel.

Reporting and tracking biobased product purchases are important and essential tools. Section 9002 of the Farm Bill requires that the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, in coordination with the Secretary of Agriculture, submit a Report to Congress on the agencies’ purchasing of biobased products.

Federal agencies are among the leaders in the use of biobased products.  Read more about real people using biobased products in the real world in the Success Stories section.

Learn about USB, USDA and other federal resources for locating biobased products.


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