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USDA BioPreferred Program Adds Intermediates Product Categories

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:

USDA BioPreferred Program
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

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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This entry was posted on Friday, August 10th, 2018 and is filed under Biobased Products, USDA Biopreferred Program .