CHARLOTTE, North Carolina,
January 11, 2005 (ENS): Secretary Ann Veneman has announced
that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has adopted a final
rule establishing a policy of preferred procurement for biobased
The preferred products - such as biobased greases, biodiesel and
ethanol when used as additives, hydraulic fluids, biobased polymers,
industrial solvents, biobased fertilizers and cutting oils - would
be used instead of petroleum products.
During remarks Sunday at the 2005 American Farm Bureau Federation
Annual Meeting, Veneman said, "This rule promotes energy independence
and the use of environmentally sustainable energy from biological
sources, while at the same time creating new demand for agricultural
commodities and new business investment and job growth in rural
The final rule outlines provisions for the Federal Biobased Products
Preferred Procurement Program under the 2002 Farm Bill, which requires
all federal agencies to preferentially purchase biobased products
that have been designated by the USDA as eligible.
"The Federal Biobased Products Preferred Procurement Program
creates a preference across the entire federal government to purchase
biobased products, when practical, based on price, availability
and performance," Veneman said.
|To date, USDA has
identified 83 items on which it is developing test information
to support designation by rulemaking and are available
for viewing at: http://www.biobased.oce.usda.gov.
Obtain further information on the Federal Biobased Products
Preferred Procurement Program at the website above or
contact Marvin Duncan, Office of Energy Policy and New
Uses, at 202-401-0532, or at: email@example.com.
The new rule establishes the process by which the Department of
Agriculture will designate "items" for preferred procurement
by federal agencies.
Federal agencies must assure within one year after the publication
of this final rule that their procurement specifications require
the preference of biobased products consistent with this rule.
The rule is scheduled to be in the January 11, 2005, issue of the
Federal Register and will be posted at: www.biobased.oce.usda.gov.