Federal Purchasing Requirement

The 2002 and 2008 Farm Bills established a biobased markets program to increase the purchase and use of biobased products. USDA, the lead agency for this part of the Farm Bill, refers to the program as BioPreferred® program.

The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 13 contains specific requirements for the purchase of biobased products as required by the 2002 Farm Bill. Biobased Section 9002 of the 2008 Farm Bill requires Federal agencies to purchase biobased products identified for a Federal Procurement Preference, except as provided in Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 23.404 (b).

In addition, Executive Order 13514, Federal Leadership in Energy, Environmental, and Economic Performance requires that 95% of eligible new contracts and contract modifications require the use of biobased products.

An electronic catalog of biobased products is published by USDA's BioPreferred® program to identify products that are eligible for preferred Federal purchasing, and to identify products whose biobased content has been independently laboratory tested and third-party certified. Company and/or product inclusion in this catalog in no way represents any actual, implied or inferred endorsement by USDA. It is suggested that Federal Government purchasers, commercial buyers, and consumers use the same care in investigating the companies listed as you would with other suppliers before signing contracts or making product purchases.

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Biobased
Containing renewable plant, marine, and forestry-based resources not derived from petroleum.
Biobased Content
A ratio of a product's new organic carbon to total organic carbon, as measured by a standard test method (ASTM D6866). Biobased content is expressed as a percentage. New organic carbon is derived from plants and other renewable agricultural materials. Total organic carbon consists of new organic carbon and old organic carbon (which originates from petroleum). The presence of new organic carbon is an important attribute in a product's sustainability footprint.
Biobased Products
Biobased Products are derived from plants and other renewable agricultural, marine, and forestry materials. Biobased products generally provide an alternative to conventional petroleum derived products and include a diverse range of offerings such as lubricants, detergents, inks, fertilizers, and bioplastics.
Percent Biobased Content
The ratio of new organic carbon to total organic carbon in a product. New organic carbon is derived from plants and other renewable agricultural, marine, and forestry materials. Total organic carbon consists of new organic carbon and old organic carbon, which originates from petroleum.
Qualified Biobased Product
Meets the requirements for one or more product categories identified by USDA as part of the federal government procurement preference program.
Renewable
An inexhaustible resource, readily replaced. In the context of biobased products, renewable resources includes agricultural, forestry, and marine resources such as algae.
USDA Certified Biobased Product
Has achieved third-party verification of biobased content and has earned USDA certification and approval to display the label.