On July 10, 2013, the USDA has started accepting applications for its BioPreferred Labeling Program, which was suspended early this year due to lack of funding. The USDA has also added 10 new biobased product categories for preferred Federal procurement. There are now 97 designated categories representing about 10,000 unique types of products.
“Every day, companies across the nation are creating incredible new products from crops grown here at home, expanding markets for agriculture and growing job opportunities in rural America,” said USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. “The designation of these new categories underlines the Obama Administration’s commitment to strengthening the biobased economy, and to be sure that the Federal government uses homegrown biobased products whenever possible.” The Biopreferred Program was authorized in the 2002 and 2008 Farm Bills.
The Biopreferred Program has reopened the web portal for companies to apply for the voluntary USDA Certified Biobased Product label. Thus far about 900 individual products have received the label.
Later this year, the BioPreferred program is expected to finalize a rule that will extend to designating intermediate ingredients so products made from them can be part of the preferred Federal procurement process. That regulation will also allow for the designation of complex assemblies that contain one or more components from biobased ingredients.
A tutorial on Label Application is found in the USDA website.
Round 10 Product Categories
The 10 new designated product categories required for preferred Federal purchasing are as follows (minimum biobased content measured via ASTM D6866 testing indicated in parenthesis).
– Aircraft Cleaners (48%)
– Automotive Care Products (75%)
– Boat Cleaners (38%)
– Composite Panels – Countertops and Solid Surface Products (89%)
– Engine Crankcase Oil (25%)
– Gasoline Fuel Additives (92%)
– Metal Cleaners and Corrosion Removers
Metal Cleaners and Corrosion Removers – Corrosion Removers (71%)
Metal Cleaners and Corrosion Removers – Other Metal Cleaners (56%)
Metal Cleaners and Corrosion Removers – Stainless Steel (75%)
– Microbial Cleaning Products
Microbial Cleaning Products – Drain Maintenance Products (45%)
Microbial Cleaning Products – General Cleaners (50%)
Microbial Cleaning Products – Wastewater Maintenance Products (44%)
– Paint Removers (41%)
– Water Turbine Bearing Oils (46%)
The full list was published in the June 11, 2013 Federal Register.
ASTM D6866 testing provider Beta Analytic is not affiliated with the USDA or the BioPreferred Program. Before submitting samples to our lab for ASTM D6866 biobased content analysis, please apply for certification through the USDA. Our detailed reminders for label applicants are found here.