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USDA BioPreferred Program
2014 Farm Bill Listening Session
March 14, 2014
Ron Buckhalt, Manager, BioPreferred Program
Jeff...
Drivers for Biobased Chemicals
• Need for an environmentally,
economically, and socially
sustainable economy
• Hedge again...
Drivers for Biobased Chemicals
• New technology development
that have reduced the cost to
produce biobased chemicals
• Mat...
Today’s Legislative Definition
of a Biobased Product 2002 Farm Bill
• A product composed of
recent biological
components
•...
Federal Interest in Biobased Products
• Energy Security
• Environmental Security
• Economic Security
• Food Security
The b...
Two Components
of BioPreferred Program
Federal Procurement Preference
Voluntary Labeling
Federal Procurement Preference
currently includes:
• 97 product categories
• Representing more than 10,000
products
• Prod...
Examples
Product Category
Minimum
Biobased Content
Water Tank Coatings 59%
Metal Cleaners and Corrosive
Removers
71%
Paint...
What is the voluntary
labeling program?
The USDA Certified Biobased Label
• Launched February 2011
• Serve as an unbiased
indicator of biobased content
• Independ...
Label Activity
Category Numbers
Label Applications
(from nearly 600
companies)
~2500
Certified Products ~1600
Applications...
2014 Major Farm Bill
Amendments to Biobased Markets Program
• Begin to designate intermediate ingredients or feedstocks an...
Plan to Implement Amendments
• First two amendments will likely require promulgation of
regulations
• Final program guidel...
Plan to Implement Amendments (cont’d.)
• Future amendments to program guidelines and labeling rules
will promote wood and ...
Contact
Ron Buckhalt
Manager
USDA BioPreferred Program
202-205-4008
ronb.buckhalt@dm.usda.gov
Web site: www.biopreferred.g...
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BioPreferred Webinar March 14

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Program Manager Ron Buckhalt and USDA Environmental Management Division Chief Jeff Goodman described details of the BioPreferred program's re-authorization in the 2014 Farm Bill and the planned changes to program implementation.

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  1. 1. USDA BioPreferred Program 2014 Farm Bill Listening Session March 14, 2014 Ron Buckhalt, Manager, BioPreferred Program Jeff Goodman, Chief Environmental Management Division
  2. 2. Drivers for Biobased Chemicals • Need for an environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable economy • Hedge against the price volatility and supply disruptions of petroleum-based products • Demand for safer materials that are regulatory compliant • Consumer desire for more sustainable products and reduction in fossil fuel use
  3. 3. Drivers for Biobased Chemicals • New technology development that have reduced the cost to produce biobased chemicals • Materials shortages resulting from shifts in the chemical manufacturing industry (i.e., increases in natural gas production) • Need to stimulate regional and rural development and U.S. jobs
  4. 4. Today’s Legislative Definition of a Biobased Product 2002 Farm Bill • A product composed of recent biological components • Agricultural, forestry, and marine materials
  5. 5. Federal Interest in Biobased Products • Energy Security • Environmental Security • Economic Security • Food Security The bottom line…sustainability is important, but a healthy, vibrant rural America is also important. BioPreferred can help with both. Tom Vilsak – Secretary of Agriculture
  6. 6. Two Components of BioPreferred Program Federal Procurement Preference Voluntary Labeling
  7. 7. Federal Procurement Preference currently includes: • 97 product categories • Representing more than 10,000 products • Product categories continue to be added
  8. 8. Examples Product Category Minimum Biobased Content Water Tank Coatings 59% Metal Cleaners and Corrosive Removers 71% Paint Removers 41% Plastic Lumber Composite Panels 23% Structural Wall Composite Panels 94% Slide Way Lubricants 71%
  9. 9. What is the voluntary labeling program?
  10. 10. The USDA Certified Biobased Label • Launched February 2011 • Serve as an unbiased indicator of biobased content • Independent third party certification partnership with ASTM International
  11. 11. Label Activity Category Numbers Label Applications (from nearly 600 companies) ~2500 Certified Products ~1600 Applications in Process ~800
  12. 12. 2014 Major Farm Bill Amendments to Biobased Markets Program • Begin to designate intermediate ingredients or feedstocks and assembled and finished biobased products within one year • Promote biobased products, including forest products, that apply an innovative approach to any of the steps in the production process regardless of the date of entry into the marketplace • Conduct economic impact study of the biobased products industry within one year • $3 million per year mandatory funding (an increase from $2 million)
  13. 13. Plan to Implement Amendments • First two amendments will likely require promulgation of regulations • Final program guidelines rule currently in clearance will provide a process for designating intermediate ingredients or feedstocks and assembled and finished biobased products – Finalizes rule proposed in 2012 – Expected promulgation date this September
  14. 14. Plan to Implement Amendments (cont’d.) • Future amendments to program guidelines and labeling rules will promote wood and other products produced innovatively – Nature of regulations required currently under legal review – Timing will depend on nature of regulations required – Amendments to rules will also address minor legislative changes to Farm Bill • Planning just getting started on economic impact study • Mandatory funding will allow labeling program to resume
  15. 15. Contact Ron Buckhalt Manager USDA BioPreferred Program 202-205-4008 ronb.buckhalt@dm.usda.gov Web site: www.biopreferred.gov Twitter: @BioPreferred
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