Effective August 9, 2018, manufacturers of several biobased intermediates can join the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s BioPreferred Program. Qualified intermediates will be afforded procurement preference by federal agencies and their contractors.
The 12 new product categories are:
|BioPreferred Product Categories||* Minimum Biobased Content Requirement|
|Intermediates — plastic resins||22%|
|Intermediates — chemicals||22%|
|Intermediates — paint and coating components||22%|
|Intermediates — textile processing materials||22%|
|Intermediates — foams||22%|
|Intermediates — fibers and fabrics||25%|
|Intermediates — lubricant components||44%|
|Intermediates — binders||47%|
|Intermediates — cleaner components||55%|
|Intermediates — personal care product components||62%|
|Intermediates — oils, fats, and waxes||65%|
|Intermediates — rubber materials||96%|
* as measured by ASTM D6866 testing
Federal agencies are required to give procurement preference for qualifying biobased intermediates no later than July 10, 2019.
The USDA BioPreferred Program aims to increase domestic demand for many agricultural commodities that can serve as feedstocks for production of biobased products and to spur development of the industrial base through value-added agricultural processing and manufacturing in rural communities. According to the USDA, the program’s economic impact has reached $393 billion as of 2014.
Office of Procurement and Property Management. Final Rule – Designation of Product Categories for Federal Procurement – 83 FR 31841 (July 2018)
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