USDA Proposes to add 12 New Product Categories to BioPreferred Program

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on June 5, 2012, the proposed addition of 12 biobased product categories to become eligible for federal procurement preference. Once the proposed rule is finalized, more than 2,300 additional biobased products will be offered for preferred purchasing consideration by all federal government agencies and contractors.

“With these 12 additional categories, more than 2,300 biobased products will be available for government procurement and USDA will have increased the number of designated categories by 39 percent overall since the issuance of the President’s memorandum. When procuring agencies buy biobased products they are helping their organizations increase energy security and independence, spur economic development, and improve our environment,” Mr. Vilsack said.

The proposed rule was published in the Federal Register Vol. 77 No. 108. The USDA will accept comments on this proposed rule until August 6, 2012.

Round 9 Proposed Biobased Product Categories

There are currently 77 BioPreferred designated product categories required for preferred federal purchasing. The USDA is proposing to add 12 more categories (minimum biobased content measured via ASTM D6866 testing indicated in parentheses):

– agricultural spray adjuvants (50%)
– animal cleaning products (57%)
– deodorants (73%)
– dethatcher products (87%)
– fuel conditioners (64%)
– leather, vinyl, and rubber care products (55%)
– lotions and moisturizers (59%)
– shaving products (92%)
– specialty precision cleaners and solvents (56%)
– sun care products (53%)
– wastewater systems coatings (47%)
– water clarifying agents (92%)

Biobased products are composed wholly or significantly of biological ingredients in new or emerging markets – renewable plant, animal, marine or forestry materials. A BioPreferred designated item is one that meets or exceeds USDA-established minimum biobased content requirements.

BioPreferred is comprised of a preferred procurement program for federal agencies and a voluntary labeling program for the broadscale marketing of biobased products. Please contact biopreferred@usda.gov for more information about the Round 9 proposed rule or the BioPreferred program. A complete list and detailed description of each BioPreferred designated item can be found at www.biopreferred.gov.

ASTM D6866 testing provider Beta Analytic is not affiliated with the USDA or the BioPreferred Program.

This entry was posted on Thursday, June 7th, 2012 and is filed under Beta Analytic in North America, Biobased Products, Bioplastic .